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Steven Chen '18 Wins 'A' Flight Singles Title at Quinnipiac Invitational

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

HAMDEN, Conn. - Steven Chen '18 captured the A Flight singles title at the Quinnipiac Invitational Sunday, taking out four Division I players in the process.

On Day 3, Chen was challenged from the start against Fairfield's Jeff Rodgers, but raised his level when he needed to, eventually prevailing 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.

In the final, Chen appeared to be in total control, dominating Lars Schouten of Marist in the first set. Schouten seemed to find a second wind as the match went on, however, recovering to take the second set. In the match tiebreaker, the pair went back and forth, with several match points saved before Chen finally clinched the match, and the title, with a booming backhand down the line winner. 

"It feels really great," Chen said. "I think there were a lot of ups and downs throughout the weekend, but I'm glad I pulled through and had the support of my team."

OTHER RESULTS:

  • Less than 24 hours after his grueling victory on Saturday, Andrew Finkelman '21 was back on the court Sunday morning in the A Flight semifinals. He competed tremendously hard in what turned out to be another physically demanding battle. This time around, the freshman would end up on the losing end after nearly three hours, falling 7-5, 3-6, 11-9 to Schouten (Marist).
  • Jon Holtzman '20 followed up his B Flight doubles title with a run to the finals in the B Flight singles draw. The sophomore went shot for shot with Austin Yannone of Quinnipiac in the final, with both hitting winners from all over the court throughout the match. In the end, Yannone would emerge victorious, winning the title 7-5, 1-6, 10-5.  Earlier in the day, Holtzman faced off against teammate Princeton Carter '20 in the semifinals, but Carter was forced to retire with an injury at 2-1 in the first set.

WHAT'S NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will travel to Middlebury College for the ITA Regional Championships, which start Friday, September 29th. The tournament features all of the top Division III teams in New England, including a number of NESCAC rivals. The three-day event will have one singles and one doubles draw, with the winners of each advancing to the ITA Oracle Cup in Georgia next month.