Men's Tennis Steps Up In Loss To Marquette|
Jan. 22, 2004
Milwaukee, Wis.- The end result may not reflect it, but Wednesday's contest between the UIC men's tennis team and Marquette was more than a loss to UIC Head Coach Hans Neufeld.
It was a sign of exciting things to come in 2004.
Despite the 6-1 team loss to the Golden Eagles, Neufeld saw his team play solid tennis throughout the meet and found a pretty good player for his Flames in the process.
Freshman Artsem Burmistrau made his UIC debut on Wednesday, and he did not disappoint. In his first singles match as a Flame, Burmistrau defeated Marquette's Hugo Leenders, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 10-5, for an exicting win at the #1 singles spot.
Burmistrau, a native of Minsk, Belarus, also teamed with Karol Zarucki to take Leenders and Eigis Vedrikas to the limit in doubles play before falling 8-6.
The Flames (1-2) turned in a strong overall performance, particularly on the doubles side. John Cincola and Paul Glendenning were outstanding in the clutch, winning a 9-8 (10-8) thriller over Raj Gill and Creighton Macy, while Sean Kreymborg and Pat Zufan looked equally sharp in a tough 9-8 (7-5) loss to Ian Kawas and Ricky Servoss
Neufeld was happy with the elevation of play and outstanding teamwork that his athletes turned in.
"It was the best doubles we've played since I've been here," Neufeld said.
On the singles side, Zarucki won his first set against Vedrikas, 6-4, before falling in two close sets, 4-6, 7-10.
At No. 3 singles, Yevgen Ryeznik was strong in defeat against Gill, 6-3, 6-1. Glendenning lost tough in a 6-4, 6-2 match versus Macy, while Cincola's rally against Jervoss came up short in a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 loss at No. 5 singles.
Zufan rounded out the excellent UIC effort with a strong first set against Kawas, losing 6-4, before dropping the final set 6-0.
Despite the final tally, Neufeld knows his team is improving every time they step onto the courts.
"Everybody stepped it up," Neufeld said of Wednesday's match. "It was fun to watch. We can use [Wednesday's effort] to build on."
The Flames return home to play Bradley at the UIC Indoor Courts this Saturday, January 24th at 6 p.m.