Sept. 20, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Sophomore Jai Yoon (Bayside, N.Y.) was crowned the singles champion in the fourth singles flight at the Northeast Intercollegiate Invitational on Sunday at Brown University. Yoon defeated Alex Centenari of Dartmouth in a three-set victory to secure his first title as a member of the University of Connecticut men's tennis team.
Yoon advanced to the final match after a two-set (6-3, 6-3) victory over Bucknell's Evan Zimmer. He went on to win the final match in three after taking the lead with a 6-3 set victory only to see Centenari tie it up with a 6-4 win in the second. Yoon won the final set by a commanding 6-1 margin to win the fourth singles flight at the invitational.
Sophomore Scott Warden (Boardman, Ohio) and senior Joe Goldstein (Tucson, Ariz.) were also successful in their final day at Brown with second and third place finishes in the third singles flight. Warden earned the second place spot with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Brian Locklear from Boston College only to fall to Dartmouth's Chris Ho in the final match.
Ho earned the spot in the final match with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over UConn's Goldstein in the semifinals.
Yoon was not the only UConn men's tennis player to place in the fourth singles flight as sophomore Dave Adams (Andover, Mass.) earned ninth place after winning a two-set (6-2, 6-2) decision over John Disley from Hofstra. Adams won his first match of the day over Ted Segerfors (Fairleigh Dickinson) by a 7-6 (2), 6-3 score.
Sophomore Ricardo Cardona (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) finished in sixth place in the fifth singles flight after a two-set (6-4, 6-1) loss to Alex Goldstein from Colgate. Senior Tom Cook (Pittsford, N.Y.) battled hard in his three-set loss in the fifth flight only to fall in 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (4) to Hofstra's Alex Hosner.
In the sixth singles flight, Matt Burns (Middletown, N.Y.) had a long day with a pair of three-set matches against two opponents from Brandeis. He won his first of the afternoon with a 6-4, 3-6 1-0 (4) decision in his favor only to fall 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (6) in the next match. Burns concluded his time at the invitational in 10th place in the sixth singles flight.
Freshman Wei Lin (Bayside, N.Y.) lost his lone match of the day 6-4, 6-3 to Bucknell's Ryan Marcil in the sixth singles flight.
Men's tennis continues the season in Rhode Island with a 3 p.m. match at Bryant on Wednesday before hosting the UConn Invitational Sept. 25-27 at the University of Connecticut Tennis Courts.
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