Tufts 8, Wesleyan 1

At Medford, MA
Wednesday, April 13, 2010

1. Jake Fountain/Kai Victoria (T) def. Michael Piderit/Jeff Legunn (W) 8-6
2. Ben Barad/Andrew Lutz (T) Ravy Uong/Alex Hirsch (W) 8-2
3. Daniel Landers/Mark Westerfield (T) def. Robert Troyer/Brian McDermott (W) 8-6

1. Legunn (W) def. Andrew Rosen (T) 6-1, 2-6, (10-6)
2. Fountain (T) def. Piderit (W) 6-1, 6-3
3. Victoria (T) def. Hirsch (W) 3-6, 6-3, (10-2)
4. Sam Laber (T) def. Uong (W) 6-2, 6-1
5. Barad (T) def. Don Kleckner (W) 6-2, 6-3
6. Tony Carucci (T) def. Michael Glen (W) 5-7, 6-0, (10-7)

Freshman Ben Barad had wins in singles and doubles during the Tufts victory

MEDFORD -- On a sunny spring day at Voute Courts, Tufts hosted NESCAC conference foe the Cardinals of Wesleyan and posted their second straight victory, 8-1, on Wednesday.

Doubles started auspiciously for Tufts as the #2 tandem of freshmen Ben Barad (San Rafael, CA) and Andrew Lutz (Baltimore, MD) coasted to an 8-2 win. At #3 doubles, freshman Mark Westerfield (Menlo Park, CA) and senior tri-captain Daniel Landers (Sao Paulo, Brazil) were up two breaks. Wesleyan fought back to get on serve at 6-7, but were then broken for the match. Tufts also took #1 doubles as sophomore Kai Victoria (Miami, FL) and junior Jake Fountain (Nassau, Bahamas) defeated Jeff Legunn and Michael Piderit.

In singles, Barad won a quick match at #5 over Don Kleckner to give Tufts a 4-0 lead. Sophomore Sam Laber (Cincinnati, OH) won a closer straight-set match at #4 singles to clinch the fifth point for Tufts.

Wesleyan fought back in the remaining singles, making battles of several spots. At #1, Legunn won the first set quick, but then Jumbo senior tri-captain Andrew Rosen (Armonk, NY) patiently mixed up the pace to split sets. With the match already decided at 5-0, Rosen and Legunn went into the match tie-break which Legunn pulled out. At #3 singles, Victoria battled the wind and bright glare from a low evening sun to come back after dropping the first set and then won convincingly in the match tie-break. The last match was at #6 singles where Tufts junior Tony Carucci (Thousand Oaks, CA) dropped the first set after leading 5-3. He won the second set easily at love, but the match tie-break was hard fought as Wesleyan's Michael Glen kept charging the net. Carucci's defense and passing shots prevailed as he pulled out a 10-7 win.

The Jumbos, who improved to 5-5 overall and 2-2 in NESCAC with their second straight win, play at Williams College on Saturday at 12:30 pm. Wesleyan (9-7, 1-5) is at Williams on Tuesday.