FLUSHING, N.Y. - The 24th-ranked Queens College men's tennis team captured its third-consecutive East Coast Conference Championship title Thursday afternoon, as the top-seeded Knights secured a 5-1 triumph over second-seeded University of the District of Columbia.
QC (18-3) secured two doubles matches, as No. 2 flight seniors Tyrone Ewels (Pietermaritzburg, S. Africa) and Claudio Andrade (Sete Lagoas, Brazil) scored an 8-1 decision versus Tomas Gajdusek and Bruno Reich. Later on, the 12th-ranked tandem of senior Attila Toth (Budapest, Hungary) and junior Nikolaj Wulff (Munich, Germany) went to a tiebreaker before capturing a 9-8 (7-4) decision in the No. 1 flight versus regionally ninth-ranked Aleksandar Grabovac and Simon Andersson.
Andrade was first to finish in singles action, as he won his No. 4 flight match against Miguel Uzcategui by identical 6-love scores. Ewels, ranked No. 44 nationally in singles play, bested Gajdusek in the No. 2 flight, 6-1 and 6-4, before fellow senior Diego Medrano (Cucuta, Colombia) knocked off Andersson, 6-1 and 6-3 to secure the team victory for head coach Craig Schwartz's Knights.
Queens, ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division II East Region, and District of Columbia (16-4), ranked No. 3, will now await their respective draws for the upcoming NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Championships, which will be announced Tuesday night.
Provided by the Queens Sports Information Department.