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    April 1, 2011

    HINSDALE, Ill. - The UIC men’s tennis team showed great effort and encouragement against No. 64 Southern Methodist, but fell short to the Mustangs on Thursday night, 6-1.

    “It was a great team effort in singles and doubles play,” said head coach Hans Neufeld.  “We are looking forward to getting back to Horizon League play this Saturday and Sunday.”

    In the top doubles duo, senior Dave Robare and freshman Alexander Raa just came out short against SMU’s Tobias Flood and Joseph Hattrup in a nail bitter, 8-7 (6).  SMU won in the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles positions as well, and took an early 1-0 lead going into singles play.

    Senior Luiz Gonzaga put the only point on the board for the Flames, as he won his team best fifth singles match over SMU’s Mischa Nowicki at the No. 3 slot, 6-3, 2-6, 10-5.  Junior Nate Kirk also had a real battle with SMU’s Gaston Cuadranti, but fell short to his opponent in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 10-3.

    UIC (3-10, 1-1 Horizon League) will be back in action this weekend, when they return to Horizon League play.  On Saturday, April 2, the Flames will go up against Youngstown State at the YSU Tennis Center, beginning at 5 p.m.  The next day, the Flames will take on the defending Horizon League champions Cleveland State at the Malaga Tennis Center, beginning at 3 p.m.

    #64 SMU 6, UIC 1
    Singles:
    1.#39 Artem Baradach (SMU) def. Alexander Raa (UIC), 6-4, 6-2
    2.Gaston Cuadranti (SMU) def. Nate Kirk (UIC), 6-4, 3-6, 10-3
    3. Luiz Gonzaga (UIC) def. Mischa Nowicki (SMU), 6-3, 2-6, 10-5
    4.Adham El-Effendi (SMU) def. James Li (UIC), 6-4, 6-3
    5.Robert Sajovich (SMU) def. Gautham Oroskar (UIC), 6-3, 6-3
    6.Tobias Flood (SMU) def. Rahul Kamath (UIC), 6-0, 6-3

    Doubles:
    1.Flood/Hattrup (SMU) def. Raa/Robare (UIC), 8-7 (6)
    2.#68 Cuadranti/Baradach (SMU) def. Kirk/Shepardson (UIC), 8-6
    3.El-Effendi/Walsh (SMU) def. Gonzaga/Kamath (UIC), 8-3

    Order of Finish
    Singles: 6, 1, 4, 5, 3, 2
    Doubles: 3, 2, 1