Sept. 19, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Sophomores Dave Adams (Andover, Mass.) and Jai Yoon (Bayside, N.Y.) highlight the University of Connecticut men's tennis team's second day at the Northeastern Intercollegiate Invitational with a first place finish in the No. 2 Doubles Flight while three individual players advanced to the semifinals of their respective singles flights.
Adams and Yoon won a pair of matches by 8-6 decisions to secure the overall flight victory. The first came against BIG EAST opponents from Villanova with Adams and Yoon winning against junior Trenton Alenik and senior Alex Leeser. The Connecticut pair secured the flight victory with a win over Fairleigh Dickinson's Red Segerfors and Sven Sjoerds.
Sophomores Matt Burns (Middletown, N.Y.) and Ricardo Cardona (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) took 10th place in the second flight after falling 8-3 to a pair from Brown. Burns and Cardona advanced earlier in the day with an 8-5 victory over their Colgate opponents.
Senior Joe Goldstein (Tucson, Ariz.) and sophomore Scott Warden (Boardman, Ohio) also earned 10th place in their flight, No. 1. After an early 8-5 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson the Connecticut pair were unable to get past Hofstra, falling 8-6.
Senior Tom Cook (Pittsford, N.Y.) and freshman Wei Lin (Bayside, N.Y.) fell in their lone match of the day with an 8-6 loss in their match against Brandeis.
Both Goldstein and Warden advanced to the semifinals in No. 3 singles after a pair of two-set victories for the players from UConn. Goldstein earned a 6-1, 7-5 match win over Brandeis' Dave Yovanoff while Warden defeated Colgate's John Nogueras, 6-1, 6-4. Yoon also advanced to the semifinals with a three-set (7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4) victory over Alex deChatellus from Dartmouth in the fourth singles flight.
Also in fourth singles, Adams took down his opponent in a pair of 6-1 set decisions to advance to the back draw semifinals.
Cardona and Cook were unable to find some of the same success as their teammates in the fifth singles flight as each fell in their respective matches. Nic Visinski (Fairfield, Conn.) suffered a similar fate after a 7-5, 6-4 loss in seventh singles.
Sixth singles for the Huskies was a split with Burns advancing to the semifinal match of the consolation bracket while Lin was eliminated after a three-set loss.
The Northeast Intercollegiate Tournament concludes tomorrow at Brown University.