Men's Tennis Edged By Butler

Rahul Kamath
Rahul Kamath

March 25, 2012

CHICAGO – Coming out with dominant play in doubles, the UIC men’s tennis team (2-11/0-2 HL) was unable to capture the win against Horizon League foe Butler (3-13/2-0 HL) on Sunday at the Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts, dropping the match 5-2.

“Great effort in the doubles, but made too many unforced errors in singles,” head coach Hans Neufeld said.

The Flames came out from the start with a straight sweep of the Bulldogs in doubles.  At No. 1, Alexander Raa and Rahul Kamath took out Austin Woldwoe and Billy Weldon, 8-1.  Scott Shepardson and Nate Kirk went up at No. 2 to defeat Pulok Bhattacharya and Sam O’Neill, 8-2, followed by an 8-6 win by Maurizio Feoli and Alan Reifer over Tommy Marx and Zach Ervin at No. 2.

Through singles, the team came away with one win, while taking two matches to three sets and two to tiebreakers.  Kamath captured the win for UIC at No. 6 against O’Neill in a straight set, 6-3, 6-3.  Going to three sets, Reifer (No. 3) took his first before falling to Bhattacharya, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, while Kirk (No. 5) dropped his first to come back in the second and take the third to a tiebreaker and ultimately going down to Weldon, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7).

Another tiebreaker was played in the second set between James Li and Marx at No. 2, before Li went down 6-2, 7-6 (7).  Raa was retired in a two-set match at No. 1 with Woldmoe, 6-4, 6-1, as Feoli also fell in two sets at No. 4 to Ervin, 6-4, 6-3.

The Flames return to Horizon League action on Saturday, March 31, in Green Bay, Wisc., to take on the Phoenix in a 7 p.m. (CT) matchup.

Butler 5, UIC 2

1. Raa/Kamath (UIC) def. Woldmoe/Welden (BU) – 8-1
2. Feoli/Reifer (UIC) def. Marx/Ervin (BU) – 8-6
3. Shepardson/Kirk (UIC) def. Bhattacharya/O’Neill (BU) – 8-2

1. Austin Woldmoe (BU) def. Alexander Raa (UIC) – 6-4, 6-1
2. Tommy Marx (BU) def. James Li (UIC) – 6-2, 7-6 (7)
3. Pulok Bhattacharya (BU) def. Alan Reifer (UIC) – 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
4. Zach Ervin (BU) def. Maurizio Feoli (UIC) – 6-4, 6-3
5. Billy Weldon (BU) def. Nate Kirk (UIC) – 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7)
6. Rahul Kamath (UIC) def. Sam O’Neill (BU) – 6-3, 6-3