Men's Tennis Falls Just Short Against Reigning NEC Champs Fairleigh Dickinson, 4-3

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac men's tennis team fought hard against reigning NEC champion Fairleigh Dickinson but were denied the victory, falling to the Knights, 4-3, on Saturday from the QU  Outdoor Tennis Courts. Sophomore Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) picked up a pair of victories to lead the way for the Bobcats on the afternoon. The loss drops Quinnipiac to 4-10 (1-2 NEC) on the season while the Knights win their third straight against the Bobcats moving to 5-4 (3-1 NEC) on the year.

The Bobcats trailed early after the doubles series finished with the Knights taking the first point. The lone bright spot in doubles action was at No. 3 where Ambrosio and senior Chris Nelson (Scituate, Mass.) combined for an 8-5 victory over Yuri Gricheno and Markus Sjoberg. In other doubles action, No. 2 pairing senior Alex Lazerowich (Stratham, N.H.) and junior Corey Morgenstern (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) fell to Fairleigh Dickinson's Mark Hemy and Peter Skvarka, 8-2, while the senior pairing of Fahoum Fahoum (Haifa, Israel) and Garrett Lane (Reading, Mass.) fell just short against Arvis Berzins and Ibrahim Shams, 8-6, at No. 1.

Already down 1-0, the Bobcats needed some strong singles play in order to come away with the victory and they very nearly pulled out the comeback win. The Knights' Berzins dominated his matchup at No. 1 to pull his team farther ahead, 2-0. The rally then began with No. 2 Fahoum who claimed a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Shams and Ambrosio picked up his second win of the day at No. 3 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Gricheno to knot the score at 2-2.

FDU pulled back ahead when Skvarka took a 6-4, 6-3 decision at No. 6 over Lazerowich but the Bobcats once against responded with a hard fought 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 victory from No. 5 Lane to pull back even with the Knights, 3-3, going into the deciding match. Freshman Luke Roser (Bernardsville, N.J.) was pitted against Hemy at No. 4 as the two traded blows throughout. Hemy won the first set, 6-4, before Roser battled back with a 6-4 victory of his own to push the match into a deciding third set. The Bobcat rally then fell just that short as Roser competed but eventually fell to Hemy, 6-4 in the decisive third set as the Knights claimed the victory, 4-3.

#1 – Berzins/Shams (FDU) def. Fahoum/Lane (QU): 8-6
#2 – Hemy/Skvarka (FDU) def. Lazerowich/Morgenstern (QU): 8-2
#3 – Ambrosio/Nelson (QU) def. Gricheno/Sjoberg (FDU): 8-5

#1 – Berzins (FDU) def. Barbero (QU): 6-0, 6-0
#2 – Fahoum (QU) def. Shams (FDU): 6-2, 6-4
#3 – Ambrosio (QU) def. Gricheno (FDU): 6-2, 6-4
#4 – Hemy (FDU) def. Roser (QU): 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
#5 – Lane (QU) def. Sjoberg (FDU): 5-7, 7-5, 6-1
#6 – Skvarka (FDU) def. Lazerowich (QU): 6-4, 6-3

The Bobcats will look to regroup with a road non-conference battle against Hartford on Monday at Noon before their next NEC battle against Sacred Heart on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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