Men's Tennis Gives Defending League Champion Butler All It Can Handle In 4-3 Loss
April 9, 2007
Indianapolis, Ind.- The UIC men's tennis team gave the five-time defending Horizon League champion Butler Bulldogs all they could handle on their home courts, but the Flames fell just a point short in a 4-3 heartbreaker on Sunday.
UIC (4-7, 1-0 Horizon League) claimed early momentum by clinching the doubles point in exciting fashion. The point was on the line in No. 3 doubles after the two teams split in the other two slots, and Butler (9-9, 3-0 Horizon League) was just a point away from taking the lead as Evan West and Scott Newmark holding a 7-4 advantage over Sean Kreymborg and Sam Sweeney.
But the UIC duo rattled off five points in a row, holding West and Newmark at bay the rest of the way to take a 9-7 decision and give UIC the 1-0 lead.
Singles play was equally close. Half of the contests were three-set thrillers, but unfortunately for the Flames two of those three extra-set contests went in favor of Butler.
Sebastian Lystad continued his fantastic rookie season with a straight-set conquering of Eric Breitenbach at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 7-5.
Bastian Harbo was resilient in the next slot, as the rookie defeated West in a back-and-forth 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles.
Eric Fey and Sweeney claimed the first sets of their singles matches, but their efforts came up just short in three-set defeats.
UIC faces future league foe Valparaiso on April 10th in Valparaiso, Ind.
Butler 4, UIC 3
1. Lockhart/Lystad (UIC) def. Breitenbach/Berry (BU) 8-5
2. Low/Raynauld (BU) def. Fey/Harbo (UIC) 8-5
3. Sean Kreymborg/Sweeney (UIC) def. West/Newmark (BU) 9-7