NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Oct. 26, 2008) – Nine members of the University of Connecticut men’s tennis team competed at the Connecticut State Championships with Andrew Marcus (Potomac, Md.) earning a spot in the semi-final round of the singles competition.
Marcus won three matches in the initial rounds to win the flight’s semi-final round spot over Dan Sauter of Fairfield in three sets. He started off with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Joel Samaha of Yale. Marcus continued with a two-set victory (6-1, 6-3) victory over Sacred Heart’s Mike Syer before defeating Ryan Berman from Yale in three sets. He earned the win taking the first set 6-3 before dropping the second 6-2 and prevailing in the tiebreaker 1-0(7).
Marcus lost in the semi final to eventual champion Yale’s Connor Dawson. Dawson defeated another UConn player, Joey Michaels (Rochester Hills, Mich.) in his bracket to reach the semi finals.
Michaels won his first match of the competition with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Fairfield’s Mike Lessing. He lost the match against Dawson in straight 6-3, 6-3 sets.
Tom Cook (Pittsford, N.Y.) took a 6-0, 6-0 decision against Fil Miletic from Hartford in the same bracket as Michaels. Cook lost in the second round to Fairfield’s Robert Ferrante in a difficult 6-7 (4), 6-1, 1-0(5) battle.
Scott Warden (Boardman, Ohio) lost the fourth round match of his Connecticut State Championship experience to Tom Santoro from Yale. After defeating another Bulldog, Erik Blumenkranz in the third round, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0-(2), Warden lost the 6-3, 7-5 decision to Santoro.
After an early round bye for Joe Goldstein (Tucson, Ariz.), he lost the first set of his three-set victory in the second round. Goldstein recovered to take the match 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (5). He lost in the third round to Calvin Bennett from Yale, 6-4, 6-1.
Ben Schueler (Arlington, Mass.) and Matt Burns (Middletown, N.Y.) also competed but were unable to advance past the second round. Schueler lost his match to Sacred Heart opponent, Cole Conrad, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (4) after a first round bye. Burns was defeated by Quinnipiac’s Brian Mikkelson 6-1, 6-2 in the first round.
Schueler earned a three-set victory over Jake Miller from Sacred Heart. Schueler won the first and third sets, 6-1 and 1-0 (10), losing the second 6-3. He lost the consolation quarterfinal to Ryan Berthod in three sets, 3-6, 7-6, 1-0 (5). Burns won his initial consolation match against Aneil Bhalla of Harford, but lost the next in a three-set battle against Fairfield’s Joe Michalisin, 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (6).
In doubles, three Husky pairs advanced to the second round with Dave Adams (Andover, Mass.) and Michaels reaching the quarterfinals with an 8-1 victory over a pair from Quinnipiac. Eventual champions Dawson and Bennett from Yale stopped Adams and Michaels, defeating the UConn pair 8-3.
Marcus and Warden as well as Goldstein and Schueler reached the second round before losing their respective quarterfinal match-ups. Nic Visinski (Fairfield, Conn.) and Burns lost in the opening round, 8-6 to Sacred Heart’s Michael Syer and Adam Gart.
Goldstein and Schueler were the only UConn pair to advance to the semi finals of the consolation draw with an 8-5 victory over Yale’s Matt Schimmel and Santoro. Michalisin and Palumbo from Fairfield defeated the UConn duo in the semi final match 8-6.
The Connecticut State Champions mark the end of the Huskies fall season.