Weeden-Mikkelson duo falls in Connecticut State finals

John Healy

In its final tournament of the fall schedule the Quinnipiac men’s tennis doubles team of Andrew Weeden and Brian Mikkelson fell in the finals of the Connecticut State Championships at Yale’s Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center in New Haven, Conn.

Fairfield University’s duo of Erik Kremheller and Joe Michalisin defeated the Bobcats 8-5 in the finals.

Weeden and Mikkelson reached the finals by defeating two Yale pairs on their home court. In the semifinals the Bobcats edged out Yale’s team of Erik Blumenkrantz and Jordan Abergal 9-7, and in the quarterfinals they defeated Zachary Dean and Tommy Ratchford 8-5.

Weeden also reached the quarterfinals of the singles competition before falling to last season’s NEC Player of the Year Kirill Kasyanov 6-4, 6-4. Kasyanov went on to win the singles tournament.

Despite the losses, Weeden still received an award this weekend as he was honored with the Sportsmanship Award of the tournament by the officials.

Along with Weeden, senior James Kwei reached the quarterfinals of the singles competition. Kwei fell to Dan Sauter of Fairfield 6-3, 6-4.

Kwei and teammate Alex Lazerowich also went on to win the First Round Doubles Consolation Championship. The Bobcat pair defeated duos from Sacred Heart, Fairfield and UConn to claim the title. They defeated John Harvey and Nic Visinski of UConn 8-4 in the champioship match.

The Bobcats take the next few months off before they return to action on Feb. 5 at Boston University to start their spring season.