QU Men's Tennis to Face Marist in Semifinals of First MAAC Tennis Tournament Appearance on Saturday at 2 P.M.

QU Men's Tennis to Face Marist in Semifinals of First MAAC Tennis Tournament Appearance on Saturday at 2 P.M.

The Quinnipiac men's tennis team enters their first ever MAAC Tennis Championship tournament as the No. 3 seed after finishing the regular season with a 5-2 record in conference play. Quinnipiac will take on the No. 2 seed Marist Red Foxes in the semifinals on Saturday, Apr. 25 at 2 P.M.

Scouting the Red Foxes
Marist finished the regular season 13-7 (6-1 MAAC) after defeating Quinnipiac in the regular season finale on Monday, Apr. 20. The Red Foxes have also won eight of their last nine 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 a 20-8 record, including 8-2 in No. 3 singles. No. 1 Rudolf Kurz is second on the team in wins with a 18-8 record while he has played most of the season at No. 1 and 2, going 4-1 as the No. 1 and 9-4 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 12-4 as they are a perfect 7-0 at No. 2 doubles this season. Dylan Fletcher and Kurz are 8-2 this season with a 4-1 mark at No. 2 doubles and Fredrik Bjerke and Joe Motta are 7-10 together this season. 

Last Time Out
The Bobcats won their sixth straight match of the season on Friday, Apr. 17 by defeating the Saint Peter's Peacocks 6-1 in Jersey City, New Jersey before dropping their first two conference matches of the season to Monmouth on Saturday, Apr. 18 with a 5-2 loss followed by a 7-0 loss on Monday, Apr. 20 at Marist. 

We're Talkin' Bout Playoffs?
The Bobcats are making their first playoff appearance since the 2012-13 season when they were still a member of the Northeast Conference. In that season, the Bobcats made it to the NEC Semifinals before falling to Fairleigh Dickinson. The last time the Bobcats won their semifinal matchup was the 2010-11 season when they defeated Fairleigh Dickinson to advance to the NEC Championship, where they fell to the Sacred Heart Pioneers. The last time the Bobcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament was the 2009-10 season when they defeated Sacred Heart in the NEC Championship and faced Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 

What a Season
Quinnipiac recorded 11 wins this season, finishing with an 11-9 record and 5-2 record in MAAC play. The Bobcats 11 wins are its most since recording 13 in the 2005-06 season. Quinnipiac also finished with a an overall record above .500 since the 2009-10 season. This season was also remarkable in the conference standings as well, as the Bobcats finished with a winning record in conference play for the first time since the 2012-13 season when they finished 4-2 in NEC Play.   

Impressive Numbers
Overall this season, the Quinnipiac men's tennis team combined to go 143-85 in singles matches, good for .627 winning percentage while each of the doubles teams combined to 58-47 in doubles, posting a .552 winning percentage. 

Singles, Please
Three different Bobcats recorded at least 20 singles victories this season for the Bobcats, led by Kyle Alper's (Dix Hills, New York) 23-8 record. Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, New York) is 22-14 in singles and Julian Rozenstein (Marlboro, New Jersey) is 20-7. In total, seven different Bobcats have won double-digit singles matches. 

Double the Odds
Despite not playing much together in the second half of the season, Ambrosio and Rozenstein have won the most doubles matches together, going 10-6 including 3-2 in No. 2 doubles. Currently, Kei Ezaka (Ojai, California) and Ryoma Haraguchi (New York, New York), as well as Ambrosio and Willem van Biezen (Warmond, The Netherlands) have each gone 6-2 in doubles this season and have played well together heading into the playoffs. 

Senior Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, New York) picked up a win last Friday against the Saint Peter's Peacocks to set the new Quinnipiac men's tennis single-season wins record with his 39th victory of the season. Ambrosio has won 22 singles matches this season, good for third all-time in program history and is just two singles wins away from tying the program record for wins in a single-season.

Up in the Alps
Alper is just one singles victory shy of tying the program record for wins in a single season, as he is coming into the MAAC Tournament with a 23-8 record in singles play. The current program record of 24 wins was set in 2011 by James Kwei. Currently, Alper is tied with Ambrosio's mark of 23 wins for second in program history, set in the 2013-14 season. 

What's Next?
If the Bobcats defeat the Red Foxes in the semifinals of the MAAC Men's Tennis tournament, they will move on to the Championship match on Sunday at 2 P.M. where they would face the winner of the other semifinal matchup between the Monmouth Hawks and the Niagara Purple Eagles.