Butler Beats Men's Tennis, 6-1|
April 9, 2004
Chicago, Ill.- Despite an outstanding early showing in doubles play, the UIC men's tennis did not have an answer on the singles side as the Flames were downed in heartbreaking fashion, 6-1, at the UIC Outdoor Courts on Friday afternoon.
UIC (5-11, 1-1 Horizon League) took an early 1-0 lead over the Bulldogs (13-6, 4-0 Horizon League), thanks to two doubles rallies. John Cincola and Pat Zufan went into extra tennis to overtake Andy Bartish and James Low in a 9-7 thriller, while Paul Glendenning and Sean Kreymborg came back to win an exciting 8-6 contest over Adam Bordow and Mike Weaver.
But the singles side of the match doomed the Flames. The two-time defending league champions swept all six matches en route to the win.
Artsem Burmistrau was close to earning the only singles win of the day for the Flames in a tense battle against Kevin Gill. After dropping the first set 6-4, Burmistrau took the second set by the same score. The tiebreaker was back and forth throughout, but Gill rallied from a 5-3 Burmistrau lead to escape with the win.
"[We] came out strong on doubles," said Neufeld. "We missed Karol [in singles], but we battled hard."
Friday's match featured the last four Horizon League Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week winners, with Artsem Burmistrau (March 17), Kevin Gill (March 24), Brandon Gill (April 1) and John Cincola (April 8) earning the league honors this season.
The Flames will travel to Cleveland, Ohio to battle Cleveland State on Saturday.