Men’s tennis swept in NEC opener

Men’s tennis swept in NEC opener
By Andrew Fletcher
March 29, 2008

HAMDEN – Quinnipiac’s men’s tennis team was swept at home by Fairleigh Dickinson in both of the teams’ conference openers Saturday afternoon, dropping all nine matches in the 7-0 defeat. The Bobcats fall to 3-5 (0-1 NEC) and the Knights improve to 6-5 (1-0 NEC).

Only Brian Mikkelson (No. 2) and Tom Curran (No. 5) were able to force third sets in their singles matches, before dropping both. Mikkelson lost to Fairleigh Dickinson’s Matt Gordon, while Curran was handled by Kyle Eddins.

Joe Nuara (No. 6) almost forced a third set in his match, but lost 7-6 in the second set. All of the other singles matches were decided in straight sets.

Mikkelson and Sean Pease played a competitive No. 1 doubles match, but fell 8-6 to Fairleigh Dickinson’s Esteban Blanco and Philip Stephens. John Hughes and Curran were easily defeated by Gordon and Josh Girling 8-1 in No. 2 doubles. Scott Salway and Nuara played their No. 3 doubles match close, as they lost 9-8 to Priit Gross and Eddins.

“I think we played well at times and we need to continue to work on learning to finish the job,” Quinnipiac head coach Mike Quitko told QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

The Bobcats, who have now lost two in a row, won’t have much time to think about this loss. They will face visiting Hofstra tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. The Pride come into the match with a record of 3-5-1 after losing to Villanova Saturday afternoon.

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