HAMDEN, Conn. – One never would have guessed that the Quinnipiac University men's tennis team hadn't competed in over two weeks after Saturday's match. The Bobcats cruised to their third MAAC win of the season, defeating Saint Peter's University, 6-1, at the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
The win snapped a five-match slide for Quinnipiac, who improved to 6-7 on the season and 3-1 in MAAC play. The Bobcats currently sit in third place in the league standings, moving ahead of Fairfield with the win. Marist (5-0) and Monmouth (1-0) remain as the two unbeaten teams on the table.
Saturday's match featured a strong showing in both doubles and singles for the hosting Bobcats. For the sixth time this year, Quinnipiac collected the first point of the match when all three pairings chipped in with victories. Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) and Luke Roser (Bernardsville, N.J.) got the party started with an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles, while the return of Corey Morgenstern (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) sparked Quinnipiac in the third flight. Morgenstern and Carlos Fernandez (Mexico City, Mexico) combined to defeat Luke Whaley and Tom Jottrand, 8-3, in the duo's first win of the season. Kei Ezaka (Ojai, Calif.) and Ryoma Haraguchi (New York, N.Y.) completed the sweep with an 8-7 win at No. 2, outlasting Carlos Carrera and Fabian Valdiviezo in the tie-break (8-6). They improved to 7-1 when partnered together.
Quinnipiac carried its momentum into the singles segment as well. The Bobcats' second point came at No. 1 singles, as Ezaka was awarded the victory when Carrera was forced to retire with an injury. Ezaka was leading 6-2, 2-1 when the match was called.
After that, Ambrosio finished up with a straight-set victory to claim the third point of the match. Ambrosio collected his 87th career win with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2. Ambrosio remains 13 wins shy of becoming the fifth Bobcat to earn 100 wins since Quinnipiac joined the Division I ranks.
Quinnipiac's final three points came in the bottom half of the lineup. Haraguchi picked up his sixth win at singles by defeating Valdiviezo, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4; Fernandez earned his third win of the season with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 5; and Ben Teicher (Kendall Park, N.J.) completed the sweep with a three-set triumph at No. 6. The first-year Bobcat battled back from a first-set loss to win 6-4 in the second frame and 10-5 in the 10-point tie-breaker.
#1 – Ambrosio/Roser (QU) def. Carrera/Valdiviezo (SPU): 8-2
#2 – Ezaka/Haraguchi (QU) def. Knezevic/Bellomi (SPU): 8-7 (8-6)
#3 – Fernandez/Morgenstern (QU) def. Whaley/Jottrand (SPU): 8-3
#1 – Ezaka (QU) def. Carrera (SPU): 6-2, 2-1 (Ret.)
#2 – Ambrosio (QU) def. Knezevic (SPU): 6-3, 6-2
#3 – Jottrand (SPU) def. Roser (QU): 6-3, 6-0
#4 – Haraguchi (QU) def. Valdiviezo (SPU): 6-3, 6-3
#5 – Fernandez (QU) def. Huljev (SPU): 6-0, 6-2
#6 – Teicher (QU) def. Bellomi (SPU): 1-6, 6-4, 10-5
Quinnipiac is back in action on Tuesday, April 8 with fifth conference match of the season. The Bobcats welcome undefeated and first-place Marist College to the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts. First serve is set for 3 p.m.
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