Nov. 1, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A pair of University of Connecticut men's tennis doubles teams advanced to the quarterfinals of the Connecticut State Championships on Sunday at Yale University. Seniors Tom Cook (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Joe Goldstein (Tucson, Ariz.) reached the semifinals while sophomores Dave Adams (Andover, Mass.) and Jai Yoon (Bayside, N.Y.) represented the Huskies in the quarterfinals.
Cook and Goldstein used a first-round bye to their advantage, surpassing Mike Syer and Adam Gart in the Round of 16 with an 8-4 decision. UConn defeated Fairfield's Ryan Berthod and Dan Sauter to secure a spot in the semis. Cook and Goldstein fell, 8-6 in the semis to Matt Schimmel and Calvin Berman of Yale.
Adams and Yoon lost an 8-6 match to eventual runner-up duo of John Hughes and Andrew Weeden from Quinnipiac in the semifinals. The Connecticut doubles team advanced past the quarterfinals after a 8-3 victory over Fairfield's Aaron Chan and Erik Kremheller.
Sophomore Matt Burns (Middletown, N.Y.) and Goldstein each lost their respective singles matches in the first round. Burns advanced in the consolation bracket to face fellow Husky and classmate Ricardo Cardona (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) in the semifinals. Cardona won the three-set battle (6-4, 67-, 1-0 (8)) only to fall 6-3, 6-2 in the final match against Chris Nelson (Quinnipiac.)
Cardona lost his first round match in the same bracket that Cook defeated Jake Miller from Sacred Heart to start things off. Cook fell (6-0, 6-1) in the following match to Fairfield's Joe Michalisin.
Yale's Erik Blumenkranz defeated Yoon in two sets after the UConn sophomore won a three-set battle to reach the round of sixteen over Chad Sullo of Sacred Heart. Sophomore Nic Visinski (Fairfield, Conn.) lost his first round match to Alex Lazerowich of Quinnipiac and proceeded to los to another Bobcat foe in his consolation match. Visinski dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to Chris Nelson.
Freshman Wei Lin (Bayside, N.Y.) won 6-3, 6-2 over Fairfield's Aaron Chan before ultimately falling short of the quarterfinals, losing in three sets to Brian Mikkelson of Quinnipiac. Adams was unable to get past Weeden in the same bracket and lost his consolation match to Gart.
Lin and Visinski won the consolation doubles bracket with an 8-3 victory over Hartford's Josh Isaacson and Eric Floum. The Connecticut duo recovered from a first round loss in doubles with a 8-5 win against Charlie Feldman Dillon Kraus from Quinnipiac.
Also in doubles consolation, Burns and Cardona lost their second match 8-4 to Syer and Gart after winning an 8-2 match against Jake Miller and Albert Christie.
The Huskies' Connecticut State Championship run marks the conclusion of the fall season for men's tennis.