WEST WINDSOR, N.J. Brian Mikkelson (Mequon, Wis.) was a double winner, but the Quinnipiac University men's tennis team was defeated by second-seeded Sacred Heart, 4-2, in NEC Semifinal action Saturday afternoon at the Mercer County Tennis Center. The Bobcats conclude their season at 9-7, while the Pioneers (13-8) move on to the NEC Championship Match, where they'll face No. 4 Monmouth. The Hawks upset top-seeded and two-time defending champion Fairleigh Dickinson, 4-2, Saturday.
The Pioneers took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. Mikkelson paired with James Kwei (Dedham, Mass.) to defeat Michael Syer and Adam Gart, 8-3, at No. 1 to give the Bobcats the early edge. But after John Hughes (Springfield, Mass.) and Charlie Feldman (Easton, Conn.) fell to Chris Ujkic and Cole Conrad, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles, the Pioneers clinched the doubles point with a 9-8 (7-5) win from Jinal Shah and Nick Mazzarese against Tom Curran (Fairfield, Conn.) and Joe Nuara (Little Silver, N.J.) at No. 3.
Sacred Heart extended the lead to 2-0 when Gart beat Garrett Lane (Reading, Mass.), 6-0, 6-1, at No. 3 singles. But the Bobcats evened the score with wins from Hughes and Mikkelson at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Hughes beat Kirill Kasyanov, 6-1, 6-3, before Mikkelson made quick work of Ujkic, 6-2, 6-0.
The Pioneers took the final two points as Syer defeated Curran, 7-5, 7-5, at No. 6, before Kwei retired due to injury in his match against Mazzarese at No. 4. Kwei took the first set, 7-5, before Mazzarese evened the score with a 6-3 win in the second. Down 3-2 in the third set, Kwei's injury forced him to retire, clinching the match for Sacred Heart.