Freshmen Julian Wrede's win at 2nd singles propelled NYU-poly to the Skyline Championships.
Farmingdale, NY - Just a few short weeks ago, Farmingdale defeated NYU-Poly in men's tennis by a 5-4 margin. The deciding match was at 2nd singles then, as the Jays were without freshmen Julian Wrede (New York, NY), and had to mix up their lineup. Flash forward to Thursday night, where Wrede and the full contingent of the men's tennis team flipped that 5-4 result in favor of NYU-Poly and as a result sent the men's tennis team to it's first-ever appearance in the Skyline Conference Championships.
After doubles play, NYU-Poly held a 2-1 lead thanks to wins at 1st doubles where sophomore Yan Krasny (Far Rockaway, NY) and freshmen Connor Doherty (San Leandro, CA) won 8-4. Sophomore Kyle Garingalao (Eatontown, NJ) and freshmen Conor Dawson (Novato, CA) also won by a score of 8-4 at third doubles.
Krasny (6-1, 6-0) and Doherty (6-1, 6-4) won their singles matches at 1st and 3rd singles, while Garingalao (2-6, 1-6) and freshmen Anton Fyodorov (Brooklyn, NY) lost their matches at 4th and 5th singles. Fyodorov lost 2-6, 3-6, narrowing the Jays lead to 4-3.
Dawson woudl drop his first set at 6th singles by a 2-6 score before coming back to win the next set 6-2. In the tiebreaker, Dawson was up 5-4 and had his opponent at mathpoint 40-0, but couldn't seal it, eventually losing 7-5.
That set up the decision-maker at 2nd singles where Wrede won the first set 6-4, but lost set two 2-6. But, the freshmen made quick work of Farmingdale's Alex Besserabov in the tiebreaker, soaring to a 6-1 win and sending the Jays to Saturday's final vs. St. Joseph's (LI).
The Championship will be held at St John the Baptist High School in West Islip, NY at 11:00am Saturday. The winner will receive the Skyline Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament which begins May 14th.