Knights down District of Columbia
Queens (N.Y.) advances to Round of 16 for fourth year in a row
NASHUA, N.H. -- Queens (N.Y.) secured its fourth consecutive trip to the Round of 16 on Tuesday afternoon with a 5-2 triumph against third-seeded and East Coast Conference rival, District of Columbia.
Head coach Craig Schwartz's Knights (20-3), winners of 20 matches for the second consecutive season, will next face No. 1-ranked Armstrong Atlantic in the Round of 16 on May. The Pirates advanced by virtue of its 5-0 shutout against No. 29 Georgia College in South Region No. 1 on Tuesday afternoon.
Queens found itself in an unfamiliar situation after doubles play, as a pair of tiebreaker matches fell in favor of the Firebirds and gave the three-seed a 2-1 edge entering singles action. Seniors Tyrone Ewels and Claudio Andrade were the lone victors in doubles for the Knights, as they took down Bruno Reich and Tomas Gajdusek by an 8-2 count to open up the scoring.
From there, the gritty singles play of QC led to four-consecutive victories, punching the Knights' ticket to Louisville in the process. Fifteenth-ranked senior, Attila Toth was the first to finish his match, winning at the No. 1 flight by scores of 6-0 and 6-3 against Aleksandar Grabovac. Fellow senior Diego Medrano, who won the clinching match in Queens's first-round victory on Monday against seventh-seeded Southern New Hampshire, followed suit with identical 6-2 scores against Simon Andersson in the No. 5 slot. Ewels, ranked No. 44 nationally, used scores of 6-3 and 6-1 to best Gajdusek in No. 2 singles, before junior Nikolaj Wulff utilized a 7-5, 7-5 decision at his No. 6 flight match-up to get the best of Carlos Quiroga.