West Windsor, New Jersey – The No. 3 seed Quinnipiac men's tennis team's season came to an end Saturday afternoon as the Bobcats fell to the No. 2 seed Marist Red Foxes 4-0 in the MAAC Men's Tennis Semifinals at the Mercer County Tennis Center.
Quinnipiac finishes its season with an 11-10 (5-2 MAAC) record and finished the regular season in third place to qualify for their first ever MAAC Tournament appearance.
The Bobcats 11 victories this season are its most in a season since recording 13 during the 2005-06 season.
Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, New York) picked up a victory in the final match of his collegiate career as he and Willem van Biezen (Warmond, The Netherlands) picked up the victory in No. 3 doubles against Rudy Kurz and Jan Dernic, 8-5. Ambrosio with 131 wins, good for second all-time in Quinnipiac men's tennis history. He also finishes this season with a 40-26 record, tallying the most wins in a single-season in program history.
Doubles started off with Marist taking the first match as Kei Ezaka (Ojai, California) and Ryoma Haraguchi (New York, New York) fell to Justin Chanthalangsy and Matteo Giudici, 8-4, in No. 2 doubles. Ambrosio and van Biezen tied up the doubles portion of the match with their 8-5 win over Kurz and Dernic. All eyes turned to the No. 1 doubles match between the Quinnipiac team of Jonas Kuwert
(Jesteberg, Germany) and Luke Roser (Bernardsville, New Jersey) and Marist's Fredrik Bjerke and Joe Motta. After trailing 6-1, Kuwert and Roser attempted a comeback but fell to Bjerke and Motta, 8-3, with Marist taking the doubles point.
Kuwert faced off with Kurz at No. 2 singles and was the first match completed as the Red Foxes extended their lead to 2-0 with Kurz's win 6-2, 6-1. Shortly after Kuwert's match, Roser took the loss at No. 5 singles to Giudici, 6-3, 6-2. With action continuing, the match was clinched at No. 6 singles between Kyle Alper (Dix Hills, New York) and Dernic. Alper put up a fight and nearly came back to win the second set but fell as Marist clinched the sweep, 6-2, 6-4.
Three matches went unfinished between the Bobcats and the Red Foxes in the semifinals. Ambrosio won his first set at No. 3 singles but ultimately dropped the second set before the match was clinched, with Ezaka's match going unfished at 7-5, 4-6. Julian Rozenstein (Marlboro, New Jersey) won a big tiebreaker in the first set of his match against Joseph Dube and was up in the second set before the match ended, 7-6 (2)m 3-1. Ezaka was the third Bobcat on the court when the match was clinched as he was trailing when the match went unfinished with Chanthalangsy, 6-7 (1), 2-3.
#1 – Bjerke/Motta (Marist) def. Kuwert/Roser (QU): 8-3
#2 – Chanthalangsy/Giudici (Marist) def. Ezaka/Haraguchi (QU): 8-4
#3 – Ambrosio/van Biezen (QU) def. Kurz/Dernic (Marist): 8-5
#1 – Ezaka (QU) vs. Chanthalangsy (Marist): 6-7 (1), 2-3 unfinished
#2 – Kurz (Marist) def. Kuwert (QU): 6-2, 6-1
#3 – Ambrosio (QU) vs. Bjerke (Marist): 7-5, 4-6, unfinished
#4 – Rozenstein (QU) vs. Dube (Marist): 7-6 (2), 3-1 unfinished
#5 – Giudici (Marist) def. Roser (QU): 6-3, 6-2
#6 – Dernic (Marist) def. Alper (QU): 6-2, 6-4
Senior Sebastian Barbero's (Buenos Aires, Argentina) career also comes to close with the Bobcats loss in the semifinals of the MAAC Tournament. Barbero finishes his career with a 76-73 record, with his 76 wins ranking 13th in program history.
As a team, it was one of the best seasons in program history as they qualified for a conference for the first time since making the NEC semifinals in 2012-13. The Bobcats also finished with 201 combined victories between singles and doubles wins totals, their most in program history. Quinnipiac's 143 singles victories are also the most in program history. Four different Bobcats (Ezaka, Kuwert, Rozenstein, and Ambrosio) recorded least 30 over victories and three different Bobcats (Alper, Ambrosio, and Rozenstein) recorded at least 20 singles victories.