NYIT Eliminates UDC in ECC Men's Tennis Championship

NYIT Eliminates UDC in ECC Men's Tennis Championship

Flushing, N.Y. - NYIT men's tennis is one win away from a fifth straight East Coast Conference title.

The second-seeded Bears defeated the third-seeded University of the District of Columbia, 5-1, in the semifinals on Friday at Queens College.

NYIT will face host and top-seeded Queens on Saturday at noon.

The Knights snapped the Bears' 29-match ECC winning streak earlier this month with an 8-1 win.

"We know it's going to be a tough match," said Rafal Charkiewicz, whose first-singles win against Queens accounted for the lone victory on April 5. "But we put in some hard work the past two weeks and we believe we can do it."

On Friday, the Bears took an early lead by winning two of three doubles matches.

Alexandre Martinez and Jaime Salvador breezed at third doubles, topping UDC's Marco Feligioni and Josip Marinic, 8-1.

After David Jiang and Maxton Cook fell at second doubles, Rares Ispas and Charkiewicz rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat Rok Bozic and Diego Pinto at first doubles, 8-6.

Charkiewicz, a first-team All-ECC selection, then put NYIT within two wins of advancing with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Bozic at first singles.

Francisco Caldas followed at second singles with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Diego Pinto.

Jaime Salvador closed out the victory at sixth singles with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Marinic.

"It was tough, but we fought at every point, on every court," said Ispas, who was named second-team All-ECC this week.

Release provided by the NYIT Sports Information Department.