HAMDEN, Conn. – The men's tennis team fared well in the opening day of the 2011 Quinnipiac Invitational, as the Bobcats advanced two pairings to the semifinals on Friday afternoon. Senior James Kwei (Dedham, Mass.) and junior Andrew Weeden (Martinsville, N.J.) went 2-0 in the Flight A Doubles bracket, while junior Chris Nelson (Scituate, Mass.) and Micah Bailey (Miami, Fla.) also went unbeaten in Flight B Doubles action.
Kwei and Weeden defeated Sacred Heart's Chadd Sullo and Luka Bagi (9-8 (2)) in the first round, before knocking off Joe Michalisin and Ian Tesmond of Fairfield in the quarterfinals. Once again, Kwei and Weeden needed to prevail late in a close match, as the due outlasted the Stags, 9-8 (2). Kwei and Weeden will take on Ernesto Arguello and Juan Gonzalez of Bryant in day two of the Invite tomorrow morning.
Nelson and Bailey opened the tournament by defeating Sacred Heart's John Bogdanovic and John Lopresti, 8-6. In the quarterfinals, the twosome proceeded to knock off Cameron Amyot and Bjorn Merinder of Fairfield, 8-4. Tomorrow, Nelson and Bailey will face off against Villanova's Ryan Peyton and Michael Rosengren in the semifinals.
In addition to Nelson and Bailey, sophomore Corey Morgenstern (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) and freshman Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) also competed in Flight B action. Morgenstern and Ambrosio defeated a pair from the University of Hartford, 8-4, in the first round, but then dropped the quarterfinal match-up to Bryant, 8-5.
Head Coach Mike Quitko was very pleased with the effort of the Bobcats on day one. After competition, he remarked, "I was very happy with the way our guys played today. We had some very good results against some very talented players. I'm excited to see how we do tomorrow in the semifinals."
Quinnipiac Invitational action continues tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. The day will consist of a combination of singles and doubles play.
Contact: Anthony Distasio; Ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu