University of the District of Columbia Men's Tennis Succumbs to Queens in ECC Finals

Senior Miguel Uzcategui won his singles and doubles match.
Senior Miguel Uzcategui won his singles and doubles match.

FLUSHING, NY - The University of the District of Columbia men's tennis team fell short in the East Coast Conference Finals for the second straight year, as the No. 2 seeded Firebirds were defeated by top-seeded Queens College, 5-1 on Thursday, April 19th.

The Firebirds, ranked No. 3 in the East Region, finish the season with a record of 16-4 and await their seeding in the NCAA East Regional Tournament. The Knights, ranked No. 24 in the nation and No. 2 in the region, improved to 18-3 overall.

Queens earned the first point of the day when Tyrone Ewels and Claudio Andrade defeated Tomas Gajdusek and Bruno Reich, 8-1 at second doubles. However, Miguel Uzcategui and Carlos Quiroga answered back for UDC with a clutch, 9-7 win at third doubles to even the match, 1-1. Simon Andersson and Aleksandar Grabovac put forth a tremendous effort to try and give the Firebirds a 2-1 advantage heading into singles play, but came up just short versus Attila Toth and Nikolaj Wulff, 9-8 (7-4).

The Knights went on to claim victories at No. 4, 2 and 5 singles to clinch the match, and the other three singles matches were halted.