HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's tennis team saw its 2013-14 season come to a close on Friday afternoon, as the Bobcats dropped a 6-1 decision to Monmouth University at the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts. Junior Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) picked up the lone point in the Bobcat season-finale.
In its first season as a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Quinnipiac finished 7-11 overall and posted a 3-4 mark in conference action. With a win over the Hawks and a Fairfield loss to Saint Peter's on Saturday, Quinnipiac would have claimed the fourth and final spot in the upcoming 2014 MAAC Championships. Monmouth improved to 15-7 overall and 6-1 in the MAAC - clinching the No. 2 seed in the single-elimination tournament.
Quinnipiac received strong individual performances in the first, second and third flights – but only prevailed at No. 2 singles. Ambrosio picked up his 91st career win with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Przemyslaw Filipek for the lone Bobcat point. It marked Ambrosio's 23rd singles win this season, which serves as the second most in a single-season at Quinnipiac since they joined the Division I ranks back in 1998. His 90 wins also tie Tom Curran '09 for sixth place on the QU DI wins list.
Kei Ezaka (Ojai, Calif.) and Luke Roser (Bernardsville, N.J.) also fared well for the home team. Ezaka pushed one of the MAAC's top candidates for Player of the Year to three sets at No. 1, while Roser did the same at No. 3. After dropping the first set, Ezaka bounced back with a 6-4 win in the second frame to force a deciding set. Unfortunately, with the last set all square at 6-6, Victor Pugliese came out on top to remain unbeaten on the season. Roser won the first set, 6-4, but fell in the second, 6-1. Monmouth's Bee Kumthonkittikul outlasted Roser in the third-set tie-breaker to claim the sixth and final point for the Hawks.
In doubles action, Ezaka and Ryoma Haraguchi (New York, N.Y.) picked up the lone Bobcat victory with an 8-6 win at No. 2. Ezaka and Haraguchi own one of the better records in MAAC doubles, improving to 4-1 in conference play with the win. They posted a team-best 9-3 overall record for the season.
#1 – Pugliese/Vieira (MU) def. Ambrosio/Roser (QU): 8-4
#2 – Ezaka/Haraguchi (QU) def. Marcinkowski/Bekhiet (MU): 8-6
#3 – Filipek/Kumthonkittikul (MU) def. Fernandez/Morgenstern (QU): 8-1
#1 – Pugliese (MU) def. Ezaka (QU): 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3)
#2 – Ambrosio (QU) def. Filipek (MU): 6-4, 6-4
#3 – Kumthonkittikul (MU) def. Roser (QU): 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
#4 – Marcinkowski (MU) def. Haraguchi (QU): 7-5, 6-2
#5 – Adamus (MU) def. Fernandez (QU): 6-3, 6-4
#6 – Vieira (MU) def. Morgenstern (QU): 6-3, 7-5
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