NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Led by rookie sensation Kei Ezaka (Ojai, Calif.), the Quinnipiac University men's tennis team had a strong showing against a competitive field at the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Tournament, hosted by Yale University at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center in New Haven, Conn.
Ezaka received a bid into the Main Draw and advanced to the second round after a win yesterday against Elliot Fanshell (St. Bonaventure). Ezaka drew Harvard's 2013 All-Ivy League First-Teamer Shaun Chaudhuri in the next round, and suffered only his second loss of the fall season. Chaudhuri moved forward with a 6-3, 6-5 (7-4) decision. Ezaka is 13-2 at singles and 8-2 at doubles this year.
Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) and Patrick Sell (Neuenbuerg, Germany) also took the court in the back draw of qualifiers. Ambrosio garnered his 13th win of the fall season, a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Colgate's Nick Laub, while Sell suffered his fourth loss of the season.
The USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships, apart from showcasing a great deal of collegiate talent all in one place for six days, is significant because the champions from this event will gain automatic entry into the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships to be held from Nov. 7-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. This prestigious tournament features players from every region and level of collegiate tennis around the country.
The Bobcats return to the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center in New Haven next weekend with the Connecticut State Championships. Competition begins on Friday, Oct. 25 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 27 – with all the action starting up at 9 a.m. each day.
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