Men’s Tennis Drops 2014 Opener at Brown, 5-2

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) and freshman Kei Ezaka (Ojai, Calif.) each added wins to their season totals on Sunday, but the Quinnipiac men's tennis team ran into a tough Brown squad as the Bears spoiled the Bobcats' 2014 opener with a 5-2 win inside the Pizzitola Center in Providence. The Bears won two doubles matches and added four singles wins to defeat the Bobcats in the non-conference clash.

Brown opened up doubles play with wins at the first and third flights as Brandon Burke and William Spector defeated Patrick Sell (Neuenbuerg, Germany) and Carlos Fernandez, 6-4, at No. 1, and Ivan Kravtchenko and Thomas Nath won 6-4 over Ryan Haraguchi (New York, N.Y.) and Luke Roser (Bernardsville, N.J.) at No. 3.

Quinnipiac looked as though it would have claimed the No. 2 flight where Ambrosio and Ezaka carried a lead deep into the match. However, the match went unfinished when Brown solidified the point with wins in the other two flights.

Ambrosio posted Quinnipiac's first point with a 6-1, 6-2 win over David Neff at No. 3 singles, but Brown answered with wins at the No. 2, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 flights. Ezaka notched the Bobcats' second point with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 win over Justin To at No. 1.

Haraguchi nearly had a third point for the visitors, but fell short in a third-set tie-break, 6-2, 0-6, 6-2. 

#1 – Burke/Spector (BU) def. Sell/Fernandez (QU): 6-4
#2 – Ambrosio/Ezaka (QU) vs. Neff/Fife (BU): QU, 5-4 Unfinished
#3 – Kravtchenko/Nath (BU) def. Haraguchi/Roser (QU): 6-4 

#1 – Ezaka (QU) def. To (BU): 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
#2 – Burke (BU) def. Sell (QU): 6-3, 6-4
#3 – Ambrosio (QU) def. Neff (BU): 6-1, 6-2
#4 – Kravtchenko (BU) def. Roser (QU): 6-1, 6-4
#5 – Hirschberg (BU) def. Haraguchi (QU): 6-2, 0-6, 6-2
#6 – Nath (BU) def. Fernandez (QU): 6-1, 6-4

With the loss, Quinnipiac fell to 4-2 on the year.

Quinnipiac is back in action on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 with a road trip to Saint Joseph's and Delaware. The Bobcats take on the Hawks at 8:30 p.m. in Media, Pa. and then travel to Elkton, Md. for a tilt with the Blue Hens on Saturday at 6 p.m.

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