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wesleyan men's tennis 2019-20 season preview

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men’s tennis team enters the 2019-20 campaign, coming off of a historic season last year. The squad finished the year ranked No. 6 after recording a program-record 16 wins, while advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals for just the second time in school history. The team placed four on the All-NESCAC squads and were awarded a program-high three individual selections for the NCAA Individual Championship. Three athletes earned All-America praise, as doubles duo Noah Lilienthal and Adrian Roji wrapped up their historic year with a runner-up finish in the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship.

The Cardinals open the fall portion of their schedule at the Quinnipiac Invitational September 20-22. The team will then compete in the ITA Regional Championship September 27-29, before wrapping up the 2019 season hosting the Wesleyan Invitational October 19-20.

thoughts from head coach mike fried

"With a year's worth of competing at the highest national level, and not having graduated any players, I am very excited to continue building on our successes from last year. Our team is working extremely hard this preseason, which will certainly pay off throughout the year."

key returners

peter anker

Photo by: Jonas Powell '18

Anker played in both the #1 and #2 spots throughout last year. He began his rookie campaign last fall, where he made it to the quarterfinals in doubles at the ITA Regional Championship, as well as the third round of singles. Anker was also named to the All-NESCAC Second Team Singles in the spring.

princeton carter

Photo by: Jonas Powell '18

Carter enters his senior season having played at #5 consistently for the Cardinals last year. He opened the spring winning five-straight and recorded key NESCAC victories over Bowdoin, Williams and Tufts.

andrew finkelman

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Finkelman enters the 2019-20 campaign ranked No. 13 in singles after earning All-American honors in the spring. He was steady in the #1 spot last season, qualifying for the NCAA Individual Championship. In addition to his national praise, Finkelman was also named to the 2019 All-NESCAC First Team and was tabbed the ITA Northeast Player to Watch.

noah lilienthal

Photo by: Kimberly Moss

Coming off of a stellar rookie campaign, Lilienthal is eager to get back on the court. During his first season as a Cardinal, he earned All-American honors, was named the ITA and NESCAC Rookie of the Year, and was named to the All-NESCAC First Team Doubles. Lilienthal and his doubles partner Roji wrapped up their historic season with a runner-up finish in the NCAA Doubles Championship.

adrian roji

Photo by: Kimberly Moss

Roji returns for his junior season after advancing to the NCAA Doubles Championship match with partner Lilienthal last spring. The tandem finished as National runner-up in an all-NESCAC match, as Roji earned All-American accolades. He was also named to the All-NESCAC First Team Doubles in 2019.

newcomer

Photo by: Steve McLaughlin

The Cardinals welcome Brian Lee to the team this year. He brings athleticism and energy to the squad, and will thrive in a high level training environment.

the coaching staff

The 2019 ITA/Wilson Coach of the Year (women’s) Mike Fried enters his eighth season at the helm of the Wesleyan men’s and women’s tennis programs in 2019-20. During his time with the Cardinals, he has led both teams to unprecedented success, including the University’s first women’s team NCAA Championship in 2019. He is excited to welcome back Ben Shapiro, the 2019 ITA Northeast Assistant Coach of the Year (women’s), for his third season. Coaching alongside will also be CJ Williams (second season) and Steve Rogers (fourth season).