Weeden and Mikkelson Fall In CT State Championship Doubles Finals
Weeden and Mikkelson defeated a pair of Yale duos in the quarterfinals and semifinals. The Bobcats defeated Zachary Dean and Tommy Ratchford, 8-5, in the quarterfinals, before edging Erik Blumenkrantz and Jordan Abergel, 9-7, in the semifinals. Weeden and Mikkelson fell to Fairfield's Joe Michalisin, 8-5, in the finals.
Weeden defeated Yale's Kyle Dawson, 5-7, 6-4, 12-10, in the singles Round of 16, while Kwei defeated Fairfield's R.J. Mirabile, 4-6, 6-3, 10-2, to advance to the quarterfinals. Weeden was defeated by reigning NEC Player of the Year Kirill Kasyanov, 6-4, 6-4, in the quarterfinals. Kasyanov went on to win the championship. Kwei was defeated by Fairfield's Dan Sauter, 6-3, 6-4, in the quarterfinals.
Kwei also paired with Alex Lazerowich (Stratham, N.H.) to win the First Round Doubles Consolation Championship. The duo defeated Sacred Heart's Michael Syer and Jinal Shah, 8-2, Fairfield's Mark Kremheller and Bjorn Merinder, 8-6, and Nic Visinski (UConn)/John Harvey (Sacred Heart), 8-4, en route to the title.
The duo of Brett Francis (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Corey Morgenstern (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) also picked up a First Round Doubles Consolation victory, defeating Hartford's Edgardo Ureta and Filip Miletic, 8-0.
Morgenstern won a pair of First Round Singles Consolation matches, defeating Joel de los Santos, 6-2, 6-0, and UConn's Teddy Margules, 4-0, retired. Chris Nelson (Scituate, Mass.) and Ben Shapiro (Katonah, N.Y.) also won once each in the First Round Singles Consolation. Nelson defeated Visinski, 6-3, 6-3, while Shapiro edged Conner Masciotra, 4-6, 6-1, 10-5.
Lazerowich also won once in the Second Round Doubles Consolation, defeating UConn's Ricardo Cardona, 6-4, 7-5.
The Bobcats begin the spring semester schedule Feb. 5, when they travel to Boston University. The match is slated to begin at 4 p.m.