Queens, N.Y. - When these two schools met earlier in the month, it was District of Columbia that came away with the victory, but the Queens College men’s tennis team exorcised those demons and avenged the loss with a 5-3, upset win to move into the NCAA Regional final with Concordia on Monday. The Knights improved to 12-5 on the season, with the win.
It looked like an inauspicious start for the Knights in doubles play, as they lost two of the three matches. The first doubles match had UDC’s Carlos Quiroga and Simon Bratke earn a win over Alexander Morris and Adam Pizow, 8-1. QC rebounded as the combination of Younes Hidass and Christopher Baron ttok their match, 8-3, over Aleksandar Grabovac and Simon Andersson. The final point up for grabs in doubles went to the duo of Miguel Uzcategui and Ike Kiro, whom defeated Nikolaj Wulff and Andre Pellegrino, 8-2.
The Knights took control of the match in singles play, making up the one-point deficit and winning four of the five completed matches. Andersson opened by defeating Pellegrino, 6-0, 6-1, giving the Firebirds a seemingly insurmountable, 3-1 lead. However Pizow beat Bratke, 6-4, 6-2 to get QC within one, and the two teams got level when Hidass defeated the ECC Player of the Year, Grabovac, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Queens took a 4-3 lead when Wulff beat Kiro, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. The Knights were able to put the match away when Morris defeated Quiroga 7-5, 6-3. The final match, between Baron and Uzcategui was incomplete, due to Morris’ victory.
With the win, the Knights advance to the NCAA Regional final where they will face Concordia. The match is scheduled for 12:00 PM, on Monday, April 29, from Queens College.