MEN'S TENNIS UPSETS QU, 4-2, ADVANCES TO NEC FINAL
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - David Sherwood (Little Egg Harbor, N.J./Pinelands) battled off two set points and won four-straight points in the second-set tiebreaker to clinch the #3 Monmouth University men's tennis team's upset of second-seeded Quinnipiac, Saturday morning at Mercer County Park. With the win, the Hawks (8-11, 5-3 NEC) move to Sunday's NEC Championship Match at 10 a.m., when they'll face top-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson. Quinnipiac ends its season at 8-11 (4-3 NEC).
The Hawks have reached the NEC Championship Match two prior times under sixth-year Head Coach Mickey Cook in 2007 and 2009. Monmouth fell to Fairleigh Dickinson in the first championship match, before falling to Sacred Heart in 2009.
The Bobcats took the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead. Following Sherwood and Laurence Heads' (Stockton-on-Tees, England/Repton School) 8-0 win at No. 2 doubles, Quinnipiac's Alex Lazerowich and Chris Nelson pulled out an 8-6 victory over Carl Jedlinski (Manalapan, N.J./Freehold Township) and Jason Rothstein (Pine Brook, N.J.) at No. 3 to even the score. Andrew Weeden and James Kwei then clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 victory over Freddy Marcinkowski (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) and Francis Jedlinski (Manalapan, N.J./Freehold Township) at No. 1.
The Hawks came out on fire in singles, winning the first three matches to finish. Carl Jedlinski made quick work of Corey Morgenstern, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 4 to even the score, before Heads defeated Garrett Lane, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 3 and Marcinkowski got past Weeden, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 1 to put the Hawks on top, 3-1.
Kwei scored a 6-3, 7-6 (4), victory over Francis Jedlinski at No. 2 to cut the deficit to 3-2. After Sherwood won the first set against Eric Ambrosio, 6-2, and was serving for the match up 6-5 at No. 5, Ambrosio broke serve and forced a tiebreaker. Ambrosio then took a 6-4 lead in the tiebreaker, just a point away from forcing a third set. But Sherwood won four-straight points to win the set, the individual match, and the team decision for the Hawks.
After splitting the first two sets, Rothstein led John Petrini, 4-1, in the third set when the No. 6 match was halted.