Manchester, N.H. - The 24th-ranked Queens College men's tennis team, ranked No. 2 in the East region, won its first-round match-up of the NCAA Division II Championships Monday afternoon at The Derryfield School with a 5-0 shutout over seventh-seeded host, Southern New Hampshire University.
The Knights (19-3) now advance to Tuesday's second-round contest, where they will face off against third-seeded District of Columbia in a rematch of the teams' East Coast Conference Championship final from April 19 (a 5-1 QC victory). The match will take place indoors (due to the threat of inclement weather) at the Nashua (N.H.) Swim & Tennis Club, with first serve slated for 11:30 a.m.
Queens got on the board with a trio of hard-fought doubles victories to start the competition. The No. 2 doubles tandem of seniors Tyrone Ewels (Pietermaritzburg, S. Africa) and Claudio Andrade (Sete Lagoas, Brazil) moved to an 8-1 victory versus Juan Arango-Campo and Jared Wright, before fellow seniors Diego Medrano (Cucuta, Colombia) and Jesse Smith (New York, N.Y.) bested Tim Hamilton and John Niland by an 8-3 count in the No. 3 flight. Senior Attila Toth (Budapest, Hungary) and junior Nikolaj Wulff (Munich, Germany) fought back from an early 4-1 deficit at No. 1 doubles to best Mike Wallace and Mitch Dobek by an 8-5 score.
In singles action, Andrade was first into the clubhouse after capturing his No. 4 flight match over Wright by identical 6-love scores. Medrano then clinched the match at No. 5 singles, topping Brad Malenich, 6-1 and 6-2.
Provided by the Queens Sports Information Department.