Men's Tennis Downed At Butler, 5-2

Junior Ivan Kovalev picked up a No. 1 singles win against rival Butler on Sunday.
Junior Ivan Kovalev picked up a No. 1 singles win against rival Butler on Sunday.

March 14, 2005

Indianapolis, Ind.- The University of Illinois at Chicago men's tennis team couldn't hold an early lead against defending Horizon League champion Butler as the Flames fell on the road to the Bulldogs, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon.

UIC (5-6, 1-1 Horizon League) took an early one-point lead by snatching the doubles point with spirited play by all three Flames pairs. The team of Ivan Kovalev and Andy Lockhart took the No. 1 doubles win, while Paul Glendenning and Eric Fey won the No. 3 match to give UIC the advantage.

Even in defeat, the doubles pair of Karol Zarucki and Sean Kreymborg looked good in a naroow 8-6 defeat to James Low and Parker Ross.

But the singles side didn't go as well. Kovalev grabbed the No. 1 singles win over Low with a comeback 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) victory for the Flames' only point from singles action.

UIC is back in action on March 21st to take on the University of Texas-Tyler in Tyler, Texas at 3 p.m.

Butler 5, UIC 2
1. Ivan Kovalev (UIC) def. James Low (BU) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3)
2. Andy Bartish (BU) def. Paul Glendenning (UIC) 7-5, 6-2
3. Parker Ross (BU) def. Karol Zarucki (UIC) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
4. Evan West (BU) def. Andy Lockhart (UIC) 6-2, 7-5
5.  Mike Weaver (BU) def. Eric Fey (UIC) 7-5, 6-4
6. Tony Aker (BU) def. Sean Kreynberg (UIC) 6-2, 6-2

DOUBLES 1. Kovalev/Lockhart (UIC) def. Bartish/Eric Breitenbach (BU) 8-1 2. Low/Ross (BU) def. Zarucki/Kreynberg (UIC) 8-6 3. Glendenning/Fey (UIC) def. Weaver/Bordow (BU) 8-4