April 5, 2012

Men's Tennis Outlasts Monmouth University, 4-3, In NEC Thriller

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior James Kwei (Dedham, Mass.) won both matches he took part in on Thursday afternoon to lead the Quinnipiac University men's tennis team over Monmouth University, 5-2, at the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts. With the win, the Bobcats climbed back to the .500 mark in Northeast Conference competition, improving to 2-2 on the season.  

Quinnipiac Head Coach Mike Quitko was very impressed with the way his team responded after a tough start. The Hawks jumped out to an early lead in this one, taking two-of-three in the doubles segment. Andrew Weeden (Martinsville, N.J.) and James Kwei (Dedham, Mass.) posted the lone triumph for the Bobcats, as the twosome earned its fourth win of the season when paired together. Weeden and Kwei knocked off Freddy Marcinkowski and Francis Jedlinski, 8-6, in No. 1.

However the Bobcats bounced back nicely with stellar individual performances in singles. Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) and Garrett Lane (Reading, Mass.) ignited the charge with straight-set victories in No. 3 and No. 4. Ambrosio collected his sixth win in a row with a, 6-1, 7-6 (2), triumph over David Sherwood, while Lane boasted a furious comeback to defeat Laurence Heads, 7-5, 6-1, granting the Bobcats a 2-0 lead.

John Petrini (Stamford, Conn.) added to the lead with a strong finish in No. 6, as he topped Stephen Suboleski, 7-5, 7-6 (4), in exciting fashion. Kwei solidified the victory with a win in No. 2, as the senior captain defeated Francis Jedlinski, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2, for his 117th career win.

Monmouth resumes NEC play on Saturday with another trip to Connecticut. The Hawks visit Sacred Heart University for a 2 p.m. tilt in Fairfield.

QU also returns to action on Saturday when it plays host to intrastate foe Hartford. First serve is set for 11 a.m. at the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts. For all of the latest news, scores and highlights pertaining to the men's tennis program, please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

Doubles
1. (QU) Weeden/Kwei Def. (MU) Marcinkowski/Jedlinski, F.: 8-6
2. (MU) Heads/Jedlinski, C. Def. (QU) Lane/Ambrosio: 8-5
3. (MU) Sherwood/Kowalski Def. (QU) Nelson/Lazerowich: 8-3

Singles
1. (MU) Marcinkowski Def. (QU) Weeden: 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. (QU) Kwei Def. (MU) Jedlinski, F.: 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4
3. (QU) Lane Def. (MU) Laurence Heads: 7-5, 6-1
4. (MU) Jedlinski, C. Def. (QU Morgenstern: 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-4
5. (QU) Ambrosio def. (MU) Sherwood: 6-1, 7-6 (2)
6. (QU) Petrini Def. (MU) Suboleski: 7-5, 7-6 (4)

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu