On the Road Again
The Quinnipiac men's tennis team is on the road for its final three matches of the regular season. First up, the Bobcats will face the Saint Peter's Peacocks at 3 P.M. on Friday, April 17 in Jersey City, New Jersey before continuing its New Jersey trip with a match on Saturday, April 18 at 2 P.M. against the Monmouth Hawks in West Long Branch, New Jersey. After a day off on Sunday, the Bobcats will face the Marist Red Foxes on Monday, April 20 at 12 P.M.
Scouting the Peacocks
Saint Peter's has struggled as of late as they are riding a seven-match losing streak heading into Friday against the Bobcats. The Peacocks are 5-13 overall and just 1-4 in conference play. Saint Peter's last victory came on Feb. 21 against St. Francis Brooklyn and its only conference win of the season came on Oct. 12 against the Rider Broncs.
Scouting the Hawks
Monmouth has put up a solid season so far as the Hawks are 10-8 (3-0 MAAC) and have played just one match at home all season long. The Hawks are on fire as they have won six of their last seven matches, including a 4-3 victory over the Red Foxes on Apr. 15. No. 1 singles tennis player Victor Pugliese is 9-7 this season, including an 8-3 mark at No. 1 singles in dual matches. Bee Kumthonkittikul aand Przemyslaw Filipek each have 11 wins on the season to lead the Hawks. Filipek is 7-8 as the No. 2 singles player while Kumthonkittikul has played most of his matches at No. 5, going 5-2. Ale Gomez Estrada and Ramy Bekhiet have won the most doubles victories with seven wins this season as they have shuffled through the lineup, but have gone 3-3 as the No. 2 and 3-1 as the No. 3. Pugliese and Filipek are 5-6 overall, including 5-5 as the No. 1 duo.
Scouting the Red Foxes
Marist is 11-7 (4-1 MAAC) coming into the final weekend of the season as the Red Foxes and Bobcats will face off in the regular season finale. The Red Foxes have also won six of their last seven matches after snapping their six match winning streak with a 4-3 loss to Monmouth on Wednesday. Marist is led by Joseph Dube in wins with an 18-8 record, including 8-3 in No. 3 singles. No. 1 Rudolf Kurz is second on the team in wins with a 16-8 record while he as played most of the season at No. 1 and 2, going 4-1 as the No. 1 and 7-4 as the No. 2. Four different Red Foxes have double digit singles wins this season. Justin Chanthalangsy and Matteo Giudici have the best doubles record at 10-4 as they are a perfect 5-0 at No. 2 doubles this season. Dylan Fletcher and Kurz are 7-2 this season with a 4-1 mark at No. 2 doubles and Fredrik Bjerke and Joe Motta are 6-9 together this season.
Last Time Out
The Bobcats recorded their fifth consecutive victory with a huge non-conference win over the Stony Brooke Seawolves. The Bobcats and the Seawolves were tied 3-3 with just the No. 6 singles match to complete, and Willem van Biezen (Warmond, The Netherlands) dug deep to pull out the big win for the Bobcats, who are now 10-7 (4-0 MAAC) this season.
Player of the Week
Jonas Kuwert (Jesteberg, Germany) was named the MAAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week as well as the ECAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week after picking up four wins at No. 1 doubles and singles over the past weekend for the Bobcats in their back-to-back 7-0 sweeps. Kuwert is the second Bobcat to win both awards, joining Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, New York) this season. This week, Quinnipiac women's tennis star Jacqueline Raynor also swept the MAAC and ECAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week Awards.
Good Weather, Good Tennis
As the weather has improved in the month of April, so have the Bobcats as they are 5-0 in the month and playing some of their best tennis of the season yet. With three 7-0 sweeps in the month, the Bobcats are aiming to make their first ever MAAC Tournament and first postseason appearance since the 2012-13 season in the NEC.
Ambrosio moved into second place all-time in program history against the Stony Brook Seawolves as he picked up his 128th and 129th victories of his career to break a tie with James Kwei '12. The only mark above Ambrosio is 137 career wins, set by John Hughes from 2006-10. Ambrosio also tied the single season wins record of 38 with two wins against the Seawolves, moving into a four-way tie with Brian Mikkelson, Hughes and Kwei for the most wins in a single-season. Ambrosio needs one more win to break the record and two more singles wins to tie the single-season singles wins record of 24, set by Kwei in 2011. Ambrosio has won 10 consecutive matches.
Kei Ezaka (Ojai, California) and Ryoma Haraguchi (New York, New York) teamed up once again in doubles play in the Bobcats 4-3 win over the Seawolves to continue their impressive performance on the court together this season. The duo are 6-0 when playing doubles together this season, including 2-0 at No. 1 doubles and 4-0 at No. 2 doubles.
Another Force to be Reckoned With
Ambrosio and van Biezen have also been playing very well together in doubles play, as they are 5-0 together, including 4-0 at No. 3 doubles play. Ambrosio and van Biezen have been a solid anchor for the Bobcats at No. 3 doubles to keep dominating and getting the Bobcats a win.
The Bobcats have enjoyed their time at the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts as they finished the season a perfect 7-0 on the Quinnipiac campus. It is the first time in program history that the Bobcats were undefeated on their own campus.
A Streak of His Own
van Biezen has now won six consecutive tennis matches for the Bobcats with his huge, three-set win against the Seawolves on Tuesday evening. He has won every match he's played in during the month of April to anchor the Bobcats in the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles slots in the lineup.
After the final three matches of the regular season, the Bobcats hope to make the MAAC Tournament for the first time in program history. The tournament begins next weekend on Saturday, April 25.