Men's Tennis Falls To No. 7 Stanford, 4-0, In NCAA Tournament First Round

STANFORD, Calif. - Led by six singles points by James Kwei (Dedham, Mass.) and four more by John Hughes (Springfield, Mass.), the Quinnipiac University men's tennis team tallied a program-record 24 game victories, but fell to No. 7 Stanford, 4-0, in the NCAA Tournament First Round Saturday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. The 24 game victories are the most by a Northeast Conference team in the NCAA Tournament in the last seven years, the furthest back complete records are available.

"I feel like we gained some respect by playing tough at all times," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Mike Quitko. "Stanford's one of the best teams in the country and we made it difficult on them."

The Cardinal took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and 3, while Kwei and Brian Mikkelson (Mequon, Wis.) valiantly pestered the fourth-ranked doubles tandem in the country of Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher to a 6-3 deficit before the top doubles match was halted. Charlie Feldman (Easton, Conn.) and Dillon Kraus (Bayside, N.Y.) were defeated by Matt Kandath and Denis Lin at No. 3, 8-1, before the Cardinal clinched the doubles point as Alex Clayton and Richard Wire, ranked No. 51 in the nation, defeated Hughes and Andrew Weeden (Martinsville, N.J.), 8-4, at No. 2.

Led by Kwei and Hughes, the Bobcats put forth a more-than-respectable showing in singles against the seventh-seeded Cardinal. Kwei ultimately fell to Wire, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 5, in the clinching match. Hughes battled the No. 84 player in the nation, Thacher, falling in the first set 6-4, before trailing in the second, 1-0, when play was suspended.

Garrett Lane (Reading, Mass.) took three points at No. 4, while Feldman followed with two at No. 6 and Weeden had one at No. 3. Lane's No. 4 match against Lin was suspended at 6-3, 5-0, while Feldman's match against Greg Hirshman was also stopped early at 6-0, 5-2. Weeden battled to earn a point in his No. 3 match before eventually falling, 6-0, 6-1, against Clayton, the 62nd-ranked singles player in the country.

Mikkelson battled through injury, but Klahn, ranked No. 13 in the nation, was just too much. Klahn blanked Mikkelson, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles.

With the loss, the Bobcats conclude the 2010 season at 10-5 overall. Stanford advances to tomorrow's second round to face No. 21 Pepperdine, which defeated No. 37 Hawaii, 4-0, in Saturday's other first-round match.