NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's tennis team found success on Day 1 of the Connecticut State Championships, played Friday at Yale University's Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. Three Bobcats reached the Round of 16 singles, while two doubles tandems reached the Doubles Quarterfinals.
Brian Mikkelson (Mequon, Wis.), John Hughes (Springfield, Mass.) and Andrew Weeden (Martinsville, N.J.) reached the Singles Round of 16, while Mikkelson and James Kwei (Dedham, Mass.), and Hughes and Weeden both reached the Doubles Quarterfinals.
Following a first-round bye, Mikkelson took three sets to outlast UConn's Wei Lin, 4-6, 6-2, 10-6. Hughes and Weeden also received first-round byes. Hughes then defeated Hartford's Josh Isaacson, 6-4, 6-2, while Weeden made quick work of UConn's Dave Adams, 6-1, 6-2.
Also earning singles wins was freshman Alex Lazerowich (Stratham, N.H.), who defeated Nic Visinski of UConn, 6-3, 7-5, in the Round of 64, before falling to Fairfield's Rob Ferrante, 6-0, 6-2.
In doubles, Mikkelson and Kwei received a Round of 32 bye before defeating Sacred Heart's Albert Christie and John Harvey, 8-1, in the Round of 16. Hughes and Weeden also had a first-round bye before defeating another Sacred Heart duo, Kirill Kasyanov and Nick Mazzarese, 8-4.
Connecticut State Championship action resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. at Yale's Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.