NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University men's tennis freshman Andrew Weeden (Martinsville, N.J.) won a pair of three-set decisions to advance to the singles semifinals of the Connecticut State Championships, Saturday at Yale University's Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. Weeden began the day with a 6-7, 6-4, 10-5, victory against Fairfield's Dan Sauter, before outlasting teammate Brian Mikkelson (Mequon, Wis.), 4-6, 6-4, 10-5, in the quarterfinals. Weeden will face Yale's Erik Blumenkranz in tomorrow's semifinals.
Weeden also won a doubles match with partner John Hughes (Springfield, Mass.). The duo defeated Connecticut's Jai Yoon and Dave Adams, 8-6, in the quarterfinals, before falling to Yale's Blumenkranz and Daniel Hoffman, 8-1, in the semifinals.
Prior to his meeting with Weeden, Mikkelson defeated Yale's Matt Schimmel, 3-6, 6-1, 10-8, in the Round of 16. Meanwhile, Hughes was defeated in the Round of 16 by Fairfield's Joe Michalisin, 5-7, 7-5, 1-0.
Mikkelson and doubles teammate James Kwei (Dedham, Mass.) were still alive after Friday's first two rounds, but fell Saturday to Yale's Schimmel and Ryan Berman, 8-6, in the quarterfinals.
In consolation action, freshman Chris Nelson (Scituate, Mass.) and Kwei each won a pair of singles matches. Nelson defeated UConn's Nic Visinski, 6-0, 6-1, before also taking care of Hartford's Edgardo Ureta, 6-2, 6-0. Kwei won a pair of close matches, defeating Sacred Heart's Michael Syer, 6-4, 7-6, before outlasting senior teammate Charlie Feldman (Easton, Conn.), 7-5, 7-6.
Feldman and doubles teammate Dillon Kraus (Bayside, N.Y.) also earned a consolation doubles win, defeating Hartford's Ureta and Aaron Kooden, 8-5, before falling by the same score to UConn's Visinski and Wei Lin.
Connecticut State Championship action resumes Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Yale's Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.