Men's Tennis Competes At Connecticut Invitational

Ajeya Shekar

STORRS, Conn. – The Holy Cross men's tennis team sent four doubles pairings and six singles players to compete in the 2010 Connecticut Tennis Invitational, held from Sept. 24 through Sept. 26 on the campus of Connecticut. The final day of competition was cancelled early on due to inclement weather in the area.

Making appearances in doubles competition was the duo of senior Matt Wierzel (Garden City, N.Y.) and freshman Ryan Sullivan (Medford, Mass.) and freshman Connor McCann (Centerville, N.Y.) and Chris Brosnan (Garden City, N.Y.), who all participated in the flight A doubles bracket. Wierzel and Sullivan bowed out with an 8-6 loss against Sacred Heart while McCann and Brosnan fell against Hartford, 8-2. In the flight B doubles bracket, senior Kevin Leggio (Coram, N.Y.) and sophomore Scot Brownell (Plymouth, Mass.) paired up against Connecticut, falling 8-3. Juniors Chris Das (Melrose, Mass.) and Ajeya Shekar (Shrewsbury, Mass.) rounded out the team's doubles competition, as they fell 8-1 against Bucknell.

In singles action, sophomore Jeff Paadre (Sutton, Mass.) became the only Crusader to make it out of the first round, winning by default in the flight D singles bracket against Bucknell. He would then fall in the second round, 6-4, 7-5. Wierzel could not match his showing from last year, falling to Bucknell, 7-5, 6-0, in the flight A singles bracket. Sullivan was topped, 6-2, 6-1 against Connecticut in flight B singles and Brosnan dropped a 6-0, 6-2 decision in the same bracket to Connecticut as well. Brownell and McCann both fell in the first round of the flight C bracket against Hartford and Sacred Heart respectively.   

Holy Cross will return to play Clark at home on Wednesday, Sept. 29. Matches are set to begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross Tennis Courts in Worcester, Mass.