Sacred Heart senior Kirill Kasyanov (Yonkers, NY) defeated Yale's Jordan Abergel 4-6, 6-2, 10-1 to win the 2010 Connecticut State Championships on Sunday. Sacred Heart senior Michael Syer (Oakville, Ontario) won the singles consolation bracket while Kasyanov and senior Chris Ujkic (Mattituck, NY) won the double consolation.
Kasyanov started his path to the title with a win over Hartford's Aneil Bhalla, 6-1, 6-1 in the round of 32. He posted a 6-1, 6-3 win over Fairfield's Dennis Zlobinsky in the round of 16 and won his bracket by beating Quinnipiac's Andrew Weeden, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
Kasyanov was matched up with Fairfield's Dan Sauter in the semifinals and posted a 6-3, 6-2 win to earn the right to meet Abergel in the title match. After dropping the first set 6-4, Kasyanov stormed back to a 6-2 and 10-1 win for the championship.
After Syer lost his opening round of 64 match to Fairfield's Erik Kremheller, the senior posted four-straight wins to take the consolation bracket. Syer opened his run with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Edgardo Ureta of Hartford. He beat teammat John Harvey (Wethersfield, CT) 6-7, 7-6, 10-2 and Fairfield's Reece Breault, 6-2, 7-6 to advance to the final. There he met another teammate in senior Jacob Miller (West Chesterfield, NH) who he beat 6-2, 1-6, 11-9.
Kasyanov and Ujkic beat Sauter and Breault in their first match of the consolation bracket, 9-8. They took down teammates Miller and Chadd Sullo (Orange, CT), 9-8, and beat UConn's Lin and Cordona, 8-6, to take the bracket.
The Pioneers conclude the fall portion of their schedule and will return to dual match action in January.