March 12, 2014

Men's and Women's Tennis Spring Break in Florida Blog - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. - Quinnipiac Men's Tennis Sophomore Ben Teicher | Tuesday was another big challenge for the men and women against Creighton out of the BIG EAST Conference. The match was being played at the Oak Street courts where we practiced on Sunday.

 The men’s match was extremely intense right from the beginning as each match went deep into the pro set. Luke Roser and Eric Ambrosio played great tennis and fell 8-6 to quality opponents from Creighton. Kei Ezaka and Carlos Fernandez came back from down 0-5 to force a tiebreaker at seven-all, while Alain Grullon and I, Ben Teicher, saved a few match points and were in a long deuce game trailing, 6-7. Unfortunately, Kei and Carlos fell 8-7 and then we lost 8-6 to lose the doubles point.

The level of play in the doubles was really similar to yesterday’s match against South Dakota State, so we knew that the six singles points were going to be a dogfight. Both Eric and Carlos played excellent tennis and took victories at second and sixth singles respectively. Trailing 2-3, Luke was in a grind with his opponent at fourth singles and right behind him Patrick Sell was in another grueling match at third singles. Luke fought  until the end losing in the third set and Patrick was able to overcome losing the first set, win the second set in a tiebreaker, and dominate the third set for the victory. It was another hard loss for us to take against a quality opponent, 4-3.

 The women’s match started with singles instead of doubles. Just like the men’s match, the women were going to be in a battle. After Michelle Dassa went down with an ankle injury yesterday, everyone in the lineup moved up a spot and Daniella Reyes came in to the lineup at sixth singles. After the women fell down 0-3, Mary Chupa had a convincing victory at fourth singles and Ariana Launie fought from a set down to win at fifth singles. Down 2-3 in the team score, Sophia Dzulynsky was in another tight match before falling for the second day in a row 7-6, 7-6. The women finished the match by taking the doubles  point with wins at second doubles from Michelle Dassa and Sydney Young, and at third doubles from Kelsi Oliphant and Ariana Launie. The final score of the match was 4-3.

It is another quick turn around for the  women as they take the United States Naval Academy at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning. The men will be practicing at 8:30 a.m. in preparation for Thursday’s match against Valparaiso.

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