WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Chris Nelson (Scituate, Mass.) pulled out a three-set victory at No. 5 singles to clinch the Quinnipiac University men's tennis team's dramatic come-from-behind 4-3 victory at Monmouth Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats trailed 3-0, having lost the doubles point and straight-sets decisions at Nos. 3 and 4 singles. But the Bobcats got four wins in the remaining four flights, including three three-set victories, to earn the win. Quinnipiac is now 6-12 (1-3 NEC), while the Hawks fall to 6-10 (0-3 NEC).
The Hawks won the doubles point on the strength of victories at Nos. 1 and 3. Lawrence Heads and Ian Terpilowski defeated Andrew Weeden (Martinsville, N.J.) and Brian Mikkelson (Mequon, Wis.), 9-8 (7-2), at No. 1. Amar Subasic and Steve Suboleski beat Corey Morgenstern (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) and Micah Bailey (Miami, Fla.), 8-1, at No. 3. James Kwei (Dedham, Mass.) and Alex Lazerowich (Stratham, N.H.) salvaged an 8-6 victory at No. 2 against Harveer Bhalla and David Sherwood.
The Monmouth lead swelled to 3-0 as Bhalla defeated Kwei, 6-0, 6-4, at No. 3 singles and Sherwood got past Lazerowich, 7-5, 6-1, at No. 4. But the comeback began when Mikkelson earned a victory against Subasic at No. 2. Trailing 7-6 (7-1), 4-2, Subasic retired.
After falling in the first set, Weeden rebounded to take a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, victory against Heads at No. 1 to pull Quinnipiac to within one point at 3-2. Morgenstern knotted the match at 3-3 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, victory against Suboleski at No. 6.
Nelson then clinched the match, shaking off a tough first set and battling through a second-set tie-breaker to force a third, and decisive, set for the match. In the end, he earned a 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0, victory against Terpilowski at No. 5.
The Bobcats conclude regular-season play Tuesday, when they play host to Fairfield. Prior to the match, the Bobcats will honor their two seniors as part of Senior Day activities. First serve is scheduled for 3 p.m. on the Quinnipiac Outdoor Tennis Courts.