April 17, 2011

Men's Tennis Upsets FDU, 4-2, To Reach NEC Championship Match

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - James Kwei (Dedham, Mass.) clinched the third-seeded Quinnipiac University men's tennis team's 4-2 victory against second-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson with the 100th victory of his collegiate career in the Northeast Conference Tournament Semifinals. The Bobcats took the doubles point and wins at Nos. 1, 3 and 6 singles to punch their ticket to the NEC Tournament Championship match against intrastate rival Sacred Heart.

Andrew Weeden (Martinsville, N.J.) and Brian Mikkelson (Mequon, Wis.) defeated Ibrahim Shams and Dominic Hemy, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles, before Kwei and Alex Lazerowich (Stratham, N.H.) got past Mark Hemy and Marco Jemersic, 9-8 (7-2), at No. 2 to clinch the doubles point. FDU took No. 3 doubles, as Peter Skvarka and Andrew Denny defeated Dillon Kraus (Bayside, N.Y.) and Corey Morgenstern (Old Bethpage, N.Y.), 8-5.

After Weeden and Morgenstern earned 6-4, 6-4, victories at Nos. 1 and 6, Kwei came through with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, victory against Skvarka at No. 3 to clinch the match. Weeden defeated Shams at No. 1, while Morgenstern got past Denny at No. 6.

FDU earned wins at Nos. 4 and 5. Yuri Gricheno defeated Lazerowich, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 4, while Mark Hemy beat Chris Nelson (Scituate, Mass.), 6-3, 6-1, at No. 5. FDU's Dominic Hemy was up a set against Mikkelson, 6-4, 4-5, at No. 2 when the match was halted.

Sunday's championship match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Mercer County Tennis Center.