NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Senior James Kwei (Dedham, Mass.) and junior Andrew Weeden (Martinsville, N.J.) of the Quinnipiac University men's tennis team defeated their lone opponents on Friday afternoon to advance to the Round of 16 at the Connecticut State Championships. In addition, the tandem of Weeden and freshman Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) also moved on in the doubles' bracket, all taking place on the campus of Yale University at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.
Kwei, who was granted a first-round bye, defeated B.J. Merinder of Fairfield University, 6-3, 6-4. In the Round of 16 tomorrow, Kwei will take on Daniel Hoffman of Yale, who defeated UConn's Wei Lin in a 12-10 tie-breaker. Also in action on the top-half of the singles' bracket was junior Chris Nelson (Scituate, Mass.). Nelson was defeated by Ryan Carr of UConn, 6-4, 6-4.
Weeden, who earned a first-round bye too, defeated Peter Surovic of UConn, 3-6, 7-5 (14-12), joining Kwei in the Round of 16. Weeden will face off against Joel Samaha of Yale tomorrow afternoon. Ambrosio also tacked one on the win column, defeating Edgardo Ureta of Hartford, 6-0, 6-0. He later fell to Erik Blumenkranz of Yale, 6-2, 7-5.
Junior Alex Lazerowich (Statham, N.H.) and Corey Morgenstern (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) filled another bracket for QU. Lazerowich defeated Hartford's Eric Floum, 6-3, 6-4, before falling to Scott Warden of UConn, 7-6, 6-3. Morgenstern fared well in the first round with a victory in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, but dropped his second-round match to Fairfield's Dennis Zlobinsky, 7-5, 6-1.
In doubles' action, Weeden and Ambrosio led the way for the Bobcats. The duo earned a first-round bye and then advanced to the quarterfinals with a win against Hartford. Weeden and Ambrosio will take on a tandem from Fairfield tomorrow afternoon for a bid to the semifinals.
Morgenstern and sophomore Micah Bailey (Miami, Fla.) won their first-round match-up against Sacred Heart, but fell in their next showdown to the hosting Bulldogs. The Bobcats had two other tandems fall in the first round of the doubles tournament.
The Bobcats return to action tomorrow with the second day of the Connecticut State Championships. The tournament will take place in the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center on the campus of Yale University, with all the action beginning at 9 a.m.
Contact: Anthony Distasio; Ardistasio@Quinnipiac.edu