|Mark Westerfield's wins in doubles and singles helped propel Tufts to the win
NEW LONDON, CT - On a day when they would be playing two NESCAC matches, the Tufts men's tennis team showed its depth by opening with a 7-2 victory at Connecticut College on Sunday morning at the South Tennis Courts.
With a match at Wesleyan slated for a 3 pm start later in the day, the Tufts line-up against the Camels was changed and included several new starters. The Jumbos were able to win rather easily, and improved their records to 7-3 overall with a 1-2 mark in league play. The Camels slipped to 1-8 with a 0-4 record in the NESCAC.
The Jumbos swept doubles to take a comfortable 3-0 lead. The #2 pair of senior Mark Westerfield (Menlo Park, CA) with freshman Nick Telkedzhiev (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) was first off after an 8-5 victory. Senior Ben Barad (San Rafael, CA) and freshman Rob Jacobson (Winnetka, IL) were also 8-5 winners in the #1 match. The third duo of senior tri-captain Andrew Lutz (Baltimore, MD) with junior Matt Pataro (Miam, FL) won handily 8-3.
Sophomore Brian Tan (Orlinda, CA) posted a 6-2, 6-2 straight set victory at #3 singles to make it 4-0 Jumbos. Westerfield then capped the victory, giving Tufts its fifth win 6-3, 7-5 at #4. He finished the day with wins in singles and doubles. New starter Zach Ladwig (Chelmsford, MA) lost just five games while winning his #5 match.
Connecticut College sophomore Joshua Suneby registered a 7-5, 6-4 victory at #1 singles to lead the home team. Senior Huan Nguyen (Pleasantville, NY) rallied for a 6-1, 2-6, 10-2 triumph in the super tie-breaker at #6.
The Camels host New London, Connecticut rival Coast Guard on Tuesday at 3:30 pm.