Sept. 21, 2008
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Two doubles pairs from the University of Connecticut men's tennis team faced each other in the final match of the third doubles flight at the Northeast Collegiate Invitational on Sunday. Tom Cook (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Ricardo Cardona (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) defeated teammates Nic Visinski (Fairfield, Conn.) and Matthew Burns (Middletown, N.Y.) 8-3 to clinch the title.
Cook and Cardona benefited from an early round bye and cruised to an 8-3 victory in their quarterfinal match against Nicholai Hill and West Matt Shepard-Lupo of Bryant. The UConn duo defeated Bucknell's Jamie Watson and Gregory Maxson 8-6 to secure their spot in the final match.
The Huskies' Visinski and Burns won their first two doubles matches of the competition over doubles teams from Brandeis and Fairleigh Dickinson. Visinski and Burns placed second behind Cook and Cardona after losing the final match.
Also in doubles action, Joey Michaels (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and Dave Adams (Andover, Mass.) competed in the second flight and lost the quarterfinal match 8-1 to Villanova's David Shaheen and Alex Hanno after defeating Ruslan Goussiatnikov and Ron Richter from Colgate, 8-3. Michaels and Adams suffered their second loss of the invitational to a pair from Brandeis, 8-5.
Warden and Marcus lost their first match on Friday in the second flight before they would finish in 14th place with a 1-2 record. In the first doubles flight, Goldstein and Schuerler were 2-1 en route to a 13th place finish.
In singles, Ben Schueler (Arlington, Mass.) dropped his first match 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 before winning the next two and placing ninth in the first flight. Schueler defeated Dave Orbcuh from Dartmouth. Andrew Marcus (Potomac, Md.) defeated Colgate's Sean Spellburg 6-3, 7-5 to secure a fifth place finish in the No. 4 singles flight.
Adams and Cook both competed in the fifth singles flight. Adams lost his first match of the invitational and finish the weekend with a 10th place finish. Cook advanced to the quarterfinal round before succumbing to John Dorsick of Villanova in three sets (4-6, 6-2, 7-5).
The Huskies' fall season continues with a 3 p.m. match at Sacred Heart on Wednesday.