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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University men's tennis team had its quest for a fifth Northeast Conference title cut short on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats were outlasted in the NEC Semifinals by Fairleigh Dickinson, 4-1, at the Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor, N.J. Quinnipiac was looking for its third finals appearance in the its last four years.
FDU opened the match by taking the doubles points in three very close matches. Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) and Chris Nelson (Scituate, Mass.) won No. 3 singles, extending their winning streak to seven straight, but the match came down to No. 1 doubles where the Knights prevailed with a 9-7 victory.
Momentum quickly changed however, as Quinnipiac got off to a hot start in singles. Sebastian Barbero (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Fahoum Fahoum (Haifa, Israel) and Ambrosio each won their opening sets giving the Bobcats a slight edge. However, Ibrahim Shams came back to beat Fahoum, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 and Yuri Gricheno fought back to win the second and third sets, 6-4, 6-3 and defeat Ambrosio at No. 3. Markus Sjoberg also claimed a 6-2, 6-3 triumph at No. 6 to solidify the four points needed for the victory.
Lane garnered the lone point for the Bobcats with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 5. He closes out the season with the highest winning percentage at No. 5 singles.
#1 - BERZINS, Arvis (FDU) vs. BARBERO, Sebastian (QU) 4-6, 6-5, unfinished
#2 - SHAMS, Ibrahim (FDU) def. FAHOUM, Fahoum (QU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
#3 - GRICHENO, Yuri (FDU) def. AMBROSIO, Eric (QU) 0-6, 6-4, 6-3
#4 - HEMY, Mark (FDU) vs. ROSER, Luke (QU) 7-5, 5-3, unfinished
#5 - LANE, Garrett (QU) def. SKVARKA, Peter (FDU) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
#6 - SJOBERG, Markus (FDU) def. LAZEROWICH, Alex (QU) 6-2, 6-3
#1 - BERZINS, Arvis/SHAMS, Ibrahim (FDU) def. FAHOUM, Fahoum/LANE, Garrett (QU) 9-7
#2 - HEMY, Mark/SKVARKA, Peter (FDU) def. BARBERO, Sebastian/ROSER, Luke (QU) 8-5
#3 - AMBROSIO, Eric/NELSON, Chris (QU) def. GRICHENO, Yuri/PHILIPPE, Julien (FDU) 8-6
Quinnipiac concludes the 2012-13 season with a 9-12 record. The team graduates four seniors this May.