Men's Tennis Narrowly Falls To Wayne State, 4-3
Feb. 7, 2004
Hinsdale, Ill.- Despite another fine effort from Artsem Burmistrau and exciting singles victories by Paul Glendenning and Pat Zufan, the University of Illinois at Chicago men's tennis team was narrowly defeated by Wayne State, 4-3, at the Hinsdale Racket Courts on Saturday night.
Wayne State notched the doubles point with two wins while splitting the six singles contests.
UIC (1-4) was paced by Burmistrau's No. 1 singles win over Miguel Cobbs, 6-3, 6-3. It is Burmistrau's third straight win of the season, keeping him undefeated with a 3-0 record in singles play.
Burmistrau also teamed with John Cincola to grab UIC's only doubles win on the day, taking out Cobbs and Rohan Singh, 8-6, at the top doubles slot.
The Flames received outstanding matches from Glendenning and Zufan. Glendenning defeated Lech Czerwinski, 7-6 (1), 7-6(9), in a tough battle, while Zufan went back and forth with Greg Zilo at No. 6 singles before earning a hard-fought 7-6 (4), 5-7, 11-9 win.
Karol Zarucki turned in an admirable performance against Singh at No. 2 singles, just barely going down in a 7-6, 7-6 contest with the Wayne State phenom.
Yevgen Ryeznik was also strong in defeat, dropping a 7-5, 7-5 bout with Goran Marijan.
Cincola rounded out the singles action with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Sebastian Foka.
In other doubles action, Ryeznik and Glendenning dropped an 8-3 match to Marijan and Foka at the No. 2 doubles spot, while Zufan and Zarucki's "Z-Team" pairing could not overcome Czerwinski and Phil Tharakan in a rough 8-4 heartbreaker.
UIC is back in action Friday, February 20th as they take on Southern Methodist University at the Oak Brook Racket Court. The action kicks off at 8 p.m.