ORLANDO, Fla. - Quinnipiac Men's Tennis Sophomore Ben Teicher | Thursday was all about revenge for Quinnipiac men’s tennis after last year’s heartbreaking loss to Valparaiso. We had an early fitness session to get ourselves ready for the match before heading over to the Star Island tennis facility.
The intensity on every doubles court was unlike any other match we have had this year. After second doubles went down early, first and third doubles were in tight matches. Luke Roser and Eric Ambrosio fell just short 8-6 at first doubles, and Kei Ezaka and Ryoma Haraguchi had an excellent win at third doubles in a tiebreaker, 8-7.
Valparaiso came into this match winning their last five matches and had a 12-3 record on the season. After convincing wins at first, third, fifth, and six singles, both Luke and Eric were playing their hearts out. Luke played inspiring tennis at fourth singles falling 6-1, 7-6 to Valpo’s number one player from last year. At second singles, Eric lost in three sets.
Even though we lost 7-0 today and didn’t come away with a victory down here, these are the matches we can learn the most from and can help us for the most important part of our season. South Dakota State, Creighton, and Valparaiso were all good tennis teams and we played each team tough.
This trip was about getting better and preparing us for conference play. Everyone stepped up this week and played for each other. Sebastian Barbero has been fighting an injury all season and he helped this week practicing to the best of his ability, being a leader, and helping out with coaching at times. We are excited for his return back to the lineup so he can help us win every important match we have moving forward.
We hope you enjoyed reading how our time was spent in Orlando, Florida this week and we hope you can support us at home and on the road the remainder of the season.