ORLANDO, Fla. – Quinnipiac University ran into a scorching hot Valparaiso men's tennis team on Thursday, and dropped the final non-conference match of its annual Spring Break trip to Florida. Despite valiant efforts at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, the Bobcats fell by a final count of 7-0.
Valparaiso extended its winning streak to six straight and improved to 13-3 overall with the victory. The Bobcats fell to 5-5 on the season. They have dropped five of their last six matches after a 4-0 start to the season.
VALPO took the doubles point by way of victories at No. 1 and No. 2, but struggled in the third match. Kei Ezaka (Ojai, Calif.) and Ryoma Haraguchi (New York, N.Y.) put forth a great match at No. 3, and claimed the upset. Ezaka and Haraguchi edged Eric Honert and Lucas Waak, 7-2, in the tie-break for the 8-7 triumph.
Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) and Luke Roser (Bernardsville, N.J.) had the most success during the singles segment. Ambrosio battled back to force a third set with a victory in the second frame (6-1), but VALPO's Dave Bacalla hung on to claim the final set, 6-1. Roser dropped his match, 6-1, 7-6, after falling short in the second-set tie-break, 7-4.
#1 – Dave Bacalla/Daniel Oakes (VALPO) def. Eric Ambrosio/Luke Roser (QUINN): 8-6
#2 – Jeffrey Schorsch/Charlie Emhardt (VALPO) def. Patrick Sell/Carlos Fernandez (QUINN): 8-3
#3 – Kei Ezaka/Ryoma Haraguchi (QUINN) def. Eric Honert/Lucas Waak (VALPO): 8-7 (7-2)
#1 – Jeffrey Schorsch (VALPO) def. Kei Ezaka (QUINN): 6-3, 6-1
#2 – Dave Bacalla (VALPO) def. Eric Ambrosio (QUINN): 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
#3 – Michael Savaglio (VALPO) def. Patrick Sell (QUINN): 6-0, 6-0
#4 – Eric Honert (VALPO) def. Luke Roser (QUINN): 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
#5 – Charlie Emhardt (VALPO) def. Ryoma Haraguchi (QUINN): 6-1, 6-3
#6 – Kyle Dunn (VALPO) def. Carlos Fernandez (QUINN): 6-2, 6-2
The Bobcats return to action on Thursday, March 20 when they resume MAAC play at Fairfield University. First serve is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Fairfield University Tennis Courts.
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