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    Jan. 12, 2013

    CHICAGO – The UIC men’s tennis team competed against DePaul in its first match of the season on Saturday at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness, but were unable to hang on as they fell 5-2.

    The Flames gave the Blue Demons their best effort, tallying a pair of wins during the day’s match.  Christopher Cole and Maurizio Feoli bested their opponents at the No. 4 and 6 positions, respectively, while Alexander Raa and Rahul Kamath won their match in doubles.

    In singles, Cole faced Kyle Johnson at No. 4, taking the first set 6-4 and going 3-3 before retiring Johnson.  Feoli took his match to three with Adam Reinhart and came away with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 final.

    Isaac Lloveras was positioned at No. 1 against Filip Dzanko, but fell in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.  At No. 2, Alan Reifer was unable to outlast Mathias Hambach, 6-2, 6-3, while Raa dropped his match 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 to Sten Leusink.  Kamath rounded out singles at No. 5 versus Jan-Willem Feilzer, but went down 7-5, 6-3.

    Through doubles matches, Raa and Kamath captured a win for the Flames after defeating Hambach and Dzanko, 8-6, at the No. 1 position.  Feoli and Reifer put up a fight against Feilzer and Leusink at No. 2 before falling 8-7, as Cole and Lloveras dropped an 8-3 match to Reinhart and Johnson at No. 3.

    The Flames return to the courts on Friday, when they head to Kalamazoo, Mich., to take on Western Michigan at 5 p.m. (CT) at West Hills Athletic Club.

    DePaul 5, UIC 2
    Filip Dzanko (DPU) def. Isaac Lloveras (UIC) 6-2, 6-2
    Mathias Hambach (DPU) def. Alan Reifer (UIC) 6-2, 6-3
    Sten Leusink (DPU) def. Alexander Raa (UIC) 6-1, 6-3
    Christopher Cole (UIC) def. Kyle Johnson (DPU) 6-4, 3-3 (ret.)
    Jan-Willem Feilzer (DPU) def. Rahul Kamath (UIC) 7-5, 6-3
    Maurizio Feoli (UIC) def. Adam Reinhart (DPU) 6-3, 4-6, 10-8

    Raa/Kamath (UIC) def. Hambach/Dzanko (DPU) 8-6
    Feilzer/Leusink (DPU) def. Feoli/Reifer (UIC) 8-7
    Reinhart/Johnson (DPU) def. Cole/Lloveras (UIC) 8-3