Men's Tennis Beaten By Bradley, 6-1

Pat Zufan teamed with Sean Kreymborg to get the Flames a doubles win on Saturday.
Pat Zufan teamed with Sean Kreymborg to get the Flames a doubles win on Saturday.

Jan. 24, 2004

Hinsdale, Ill.- The UIC men's tennis team played their first home match of the spring on Saturday night, dropping a 6-1 decision to Bradley at the Hinsdale Racket Courts.

Although it was the Flames third straight loss of the spring, dropping their record to 1-3 on the season, it marked the second straight contest that UIC head coach Hans Neufeld was pleased with the strides his young team has made over the course of the campaign.

UIC went 1-2 in doubles and 1-5 in the singles portion, but almost every match was a dogfight.

Freshman Artsem Burmistrau, in his second collegiate meet, was unstoppable in singles action. Burmistrau took out Bradley phenom Marko Marevic, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 1 singles to run his college record to a perfect 2-0.

Burmistrau was also tough in doubles, teaming with Karol Zarucki to give Marevic and partner Mark Muskievicz fits during a 9-8 Bradley win.

The Flames were also paced by Sean Kreymborg and Pat Zufan, who handled the Braves' Mario Panzic and Scott Roebuck for UIC's only doubles win on the day, taking the match 8-6.

Kreymborg, who battled the flu over the winter break and lost over 13 pounds, also got some swings on the singles side, dropping a rough 6-1, 6-2 match to Alex Roby.

Neufeld said that he will work Kreymborg into action at least every other dual meet so that the freshman from Chicago can get his stroke and his stamina back.

Both John Cincola and Yevgen Ryeznik were superb in defeat, rallying from first-set defeats with big second set wins to force extra tennis.

Ryeznik, playing at No. 3 singles, dropped a tough 6-3, 5-7, 10-4 match to Paul Craigen, while Cincola took Panzic to the limit, only to lose a 7-6(7), 3-6, 7-6(6) barnburner at No. 5 singles.



The Flames are back in action on Saturday, February 7th as they host Wayne State at the Hinsdale Racket Courts starting at 6 p.m.