Men’s tennis downed by Villanova 5-2

Men’s tennis downed by Villanova 5-2
By Andrew Fletcher
March 28, 2008

HAMDEN — Despite the successes of freshmen Brian Mikkelson (Mequon, Wis.) and Sean Pease (Falmouth, Mass.), Quinnipiac’s men’s tennis team was unable to beat the Villanova Wildcats, losing 5-2 Wednesday afternoon.

Mikkelson defeated Villanova’s Brian Maher in straight sets in No. 2 singles. Pease was victorious in No. 3 singles, as he took care of Trenton Alenik in straight sets as well. These were the only singles matches the Bobcats were able to win.

John Hughes (Springfield, Mass.) fell in No. 1 singles, Scott Salway (Glastonbury, Conn.) took his No. 4 singles match to a third set before falling short and Tom Curran (Fairfield, Conn.) and Joe Nuara (Little Silver, N.J.) were each taken care of in straight sets in No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively.

The Bobcats were successful in doubles play at first. Mikkelson and Pease defeated Dimitri Chimerakis and Maher in No. 1 doubles. However, they dropped No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, giving the Wildcats the crucial doubles point.

“It was a tough match, well-played by both teams in windy conditions,” Quinnipiac head coach Mike Quitko told QuinnipiacBobcats.com. “They converted more big points than us.”

Quinnipiac hopes to rebound tomorrow afternoon at home when they face Fairleigh Dickinson at 1 p.m. in their Northeast Conference opener. They will also face Hofstra at home on Sunday at 10 a.m.

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