Men’s Tennis Opens Spring Break Trip with 5-2 Loss to South Dakota State

ORLANDO, Fla. – Kei Ezaka (Ojai, Calif.) won at No. 1 singles and the Bobcats claimed the doubles point on Monday afternoon, but the Quinnipiac University men's tennis team dropped a non-conference match to South Dakota State, 5-2, in the opening match of its annual Spring Break Trip.

Quinnipiac, now 5-3 on the season, scored the match's first point in the doubles segment. Ezaka and Ryoma Haraguchi (New York, N.Y.) defeated Andrea Boglić and Lucas Pereira, 8-5, at No. 2; and Carlos Fernandez (Mexico City, Mexico) and Alain Grullon (Santo Domingo, D.R.) cruised past Lovro Curcija and Gary Notkin, 8-2, at No. 3. The Bobcats fell at No. 1 but had already claimed the first point.

Competition at singles told a different story though, as five Jackrabbit wins filled the score sheet. Quinnipiac's lone win came at No. 1 where Ezaka defeated South Dakota State's ace Boglić in thrilling fashion. He battled back from a first set loss, 2-6, and earned a 7-5 victory in the second set and clinched the point with a 10-5 triumph in the tie-break. Ambrosio also forced a tie-break but fell 10-8 to Parker Lawley.

#1 – Moreira/Lawley (SD) def. Ambrosio/Roser (QU): 8-5
#2 – Ezaka/Haraguchi (QU) def. Boglić/Pereira, L (SD): 8-5
#3 – Fernandez/Grullon (QU) def. Curcija/Notkin (SD): 8-2 

#1 – Ezaka (QU) def. Boglić (SD): 2-6, 7-5, 10-5
#2 – Lawley (SD) def. Ambrosio (QU): 6-3, 1-6, 10-8
#3 – Curcija (SD) def. Sell (QU): 6-3, 7-5
#4 – Pereira, H. (SD) def. Roser (QU): 6-2, 6-2
#5 – Moreira (SD) def. Haraguchi (QU): 6-2, 6-0
#6 – Notkin (SD) def. Fernandez (QU): 6-4, 6-2

The Bobcats return to action tomorrow, Tuesday, March 11, with their second match of the week against Creighton. First serve is set for 11:30 a.m.

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