STORRS, Conn. (Sept. 28, 2008) – Four University of Connect men’s tennis players in flight C singles advanced to the quarterfinals in the final day of the UConn Invitational on Saturday. Dave Adams (Andover, Mass./Andover) and Scott Warden (Boardman, Ohio/Boardman) were the closet to earning the championship title earning their spots in separate semifinal matches.
Due to limited court space each singles match was played with the first player to reach six points winning. Tiebreakers were held at 5-5.
Adams recorded three-straight wins en route to his spot in the semifinal, denying his opponents the ability to win any more than a single game. Adam’s lost the semifinal match to eventual co-champion Matt Jimmelsbach from Marist. The final match was never played and Jimmelsbach shared the title with Stony Brook’s Halvar Dil.
Nic Visinski (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) also reached the semifinal match, but fell short in a 6-3 loss to teammate Warden in the C flight. Warden earned two wins during the invitational, including a 6-0 victory over Dylan Whiting from Bryant. Dil defeated Warden 6-3 in the semifinal match.
Also in the C flight, Tom Cook (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) defeated Fairfield’s Christ Bane to reach the quarterfinal match against Jimmelsbach. Cook lost the 6-3 decision.
In the A flight of singles competition, Joey Michaels (Rochester Hills, MIch./Stony Creek) advanced to the quarterfinals after winning a 6-5 (4) match against Jose Rodriguez from Bryant. Michaels was unable to maintain his momentum going into his match against Krill Kasyanov of Sacred Heart. Kasyanov took the match 6-3.
Joe Goldstein (Tucson, Ariz./Catalina Foothills) recorded one win, 6-2, over Sacred Heart’s Chris Ujkic at in the Flight A Singles bracket. Goldstein fell 6-3 in his ensuing match against Rob Ferrante from Fairfield.
Loic Sessagesimi from Marist won the final A flight match 6-5 (4) over Ivan Rummel of Stony Brook.
Ben Schueler (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) advanced to the semifinal match in the B flight against eventual champion Stony Brook’s Jon Epstein. Schueler won his first match 6-3 and earned is second win 6-4 over Sacred Heart’s Nick Mazzarese. Schuler lost the semifinal match 6-2.
Also in B flight action, Andrew Marcus (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) lost his first match of the competition to Kevin Gardiner, 6-4. Due to limited court space at the East Hartford and Manchester Racquet Clubs there were no consolation singles matches.
The men’s tennis team resumes action this fall at the Bucknell Invitational on Oct. 3-5.