HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University Men's Tennis Head Coach Mike Quitko has been looking forward to the 2012-13 season since the end of last year and with good reason. The Bobcats boast an experienced and talented lineup that should be in the mix for a Northeast Conference title and a bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
"2012-13 is going to be a strong year for us," said Coach Quitko, who enters his 22nd year at the helm of the program. "We have great leadership and talent at the top end of our team. Along with some new faces, there's no reason we shouldn't compete for an NEC Title."
The Bobcats return seven players from last year, a corps that includes senior #1 Andrew Weeden (Martinsville, N.J.). Weeden served as the team's ace for the second straight season in 2011-12, collecting 22 wins on the campaign. With the 22 wins, Weeden improved his career total to 82 and moved into eighth place on QU's Division I list. He has 41 wins at singles and 41 wins at doubles, ranking him sixth and seventh, respectively, for those categories as well.
Joining him are fellow classmates Garrett Lane (Reading, Mass.), Chris Nelson (Scituate, Mass.) and Alex Lazerowich (Stratham, N.H.), who are also eager to get back to the big dance one last time. The senior trio has combined for 148 career wins at Quinnipiac and all rank top 25 in Division I career wins.
The three remaining returners include junior Corey Morgenstern (Old Bethpage, N.Y.), Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) and J.C. Petrini (Stratford, Conn.). Morgenstern led the Bobcats with 16 wins at singles and added eight wins in doubles' competition. Ambrosio posted 26 wins overall in his rookie campaign, finishing just one behind recent graduate James Kwei. Fellow classmate, Petrini, collected 17 wins, which included double-digits (11) at singles.
"We've got a lot of experience back from last year's team and we have a couple of newcomers who are really going to make a big difference," said Quitko. "We feel like we're going to be right in the thick of things this year."
Seniors Fahoum Fahoum (Haifa, Israel) and Devon Jerome (Stamford, Conn.), sophomore Sebastian Barbero (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and freshmen Luke Roser (Bernardsville, N.J.) and Alain Grullon (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) fill out the 2012-13 roster. Fahoum, a transfer from Old Dominion University, brings along three years of top-level collegiate experience. He compiled 50 wins while competing for the Big Blue.
The 2012-13 season kicks off this weekend at the Stony Brook Invitational. The two-day event opens on Friday, Sept. 7 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 8. First serve is set for 9 a.m. on both days.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012-13 Quinnipiac Men's Tennis Schedule will also be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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