Oct. 7, 2012
HAMDEN, Conn.--Semifinal and championship round play at the Quinnipiac Invitational wrapped up on Sunday afternoon and Villanova concluded both a strong weekend at the tournament as well as an excellent fall season. Sophomore Tim Abbracciamento (Robbinsville, N.J.) emerged as the Flight C singles champion at the QU Outdoor Tennis Courts while junior Thomas O'Brien (Branford, Conn.) and freshman Chris Seitz (Pennington, N.J.) reached the finals of the Flight A and Flight B draws, respectively.
Abbracciamento played a tight match against Teddy Margules from Connecticut in the semifinals of the Flight C bracket on Sunday morning and came away with a 6-3, 6-7 (10-8) victory in a tiebreaker to advance to the championship. He won the Flight C title in straight sets, taking the championship match 6-3 and 6-2 over Luke Roser from the host Bobcats.
Three of the four Wildcats who advanced to the semifinals of their respective singles draws went on to reach the championship match. In the top singles flight O'Brien advanced to the final after a hard-fought win against Zach Morris from Bryant. O'Brien won the first set, 7-5, and lost the second set by a 6-1 margin before outlasting Morris by an 11-9 count in the tiebreaker. In the championship match O'Brien came up against another opponent from the Bulldogs and was defeated in straight sets (6-4, 6-0) by Arklon Huertas Del Pino.
Seitz and Peyton were both playing in the Flight B semifinals on Sunday and Seitz reached the championship after defeating Wayne Harrell from the Huskies in his first match of the day. Seitz won 6-4, 2-6 (10-7) to get to the championship, where he was defeated by Max Vogt from Bryant (6-3, 6-4). Earlier in the day Vogt had dealt a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Peyton in their semifinal match.
The tournament at Quinnipiac was the last of four events that Villanova played in this fall. Last month the Wildcats hosted the Villanova Invitational and also played in the Tim Berman Fall Tournament at Swarthmore as well as the Saint Joseph's Invitational.
Each of the four fall tournaments produced outstanding individual results. Peyton, O'Brien, sophomore Michael Rosengren (Sharon, Mass.) and freshman Max Levine (Lubbock, Texas) all shared the team lead with eight wins in singles play during the fall and as a team the Wildcats put together a composite singles record of 70-33 (.680) in their four tournaments. Ten different players had a winning record for the fall and Villanova produced an individual champion in three of the four tournaments it played in.
On the doubles side the Wildcats were led by the duo of O'Brien and sophomore Kelly Donaldson (Broomfield, Colo.), who went 8-4 during the fall and were the runners-up in the top doubles flight at the Saint Joseph's Invitational. Peyton and Seitz formed another strong doubles tandem and they finished in second place at the Villanova Invitational to open the season.
The spring season begins for the Wildcats on February 2 when the team goes to Navy for an indoor match.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Singles - Flight B
Semifinals - Max Vogt (Bryant) defeated Ryan Peyton (Villanova) 6-3, 6-0
Singles - Flight C
Semifinals - Tim Abbracciamento (Villanova) defeated Teddy Margules (Connecticut) 6-3, 6-7, 10-8
Championship - Tim Abbracciamento (Villanova) defeated Luke Roser (Quinnipiac) 6-3, 6-2