April 18, 2014
GRIFFITH, Ind.- The UIC men's tennis team (4-10, 1-4 HL) dropped their conference match tonight to Cleveland State, 6-1. Competition took place at Match Point Tennis in Griffith, Ind.
"We competed well and had a lot of opportunities to take the initiative," state head coach Hans Neufeld.
In singles competition, Alexander Raa pushed his No. 1 match to three, ultimately falling to Matt Kuelker, 6-3, 6-7, 6-1. Despite his best effort, Alan Reifer dropped his No. 2 match against Ali Shabib, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Isaac Lloveras had the lone win for UIC when he defeated Jorg Van Der Vloet at No. 3, 6-4, 6-4. At No. 4, Maurizio Feoli lost to Joe VanMeter, 6-4, 6-0. Christopher Cole fell in straight sets to Manuel Bellutti at No. 5, 6-3, 6-4. Eric Pontow competed in the No. 6 position, but was unable to come out on top of Nolan Marks (5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
In doubles matches, Reifer and Feoli were unsuccessful at No. 2 against Kuelker and Marks (8-4). Pontow teamed up with Nate Campanile to face Van Der Vloet and Bellutti at No. 3, but were defeated 8-3. The No. 1 match between Raa and Lloveras versus Shabib and VanMeter went unfinished.
The Flames return to competition tomorrow (April 19) when they host Horizon League foe, Youngstown State. The Penguins are 5-15 this season most recently falling to Valparaiso 6-1 on April 18. Matches are set to begin at 1:30 p.m. (CT) at the Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts. UIC will honor seniors Alan Reifer and Alexander Raa at Saturday's competition.
Cleveland State 6, UIC 1
1. Matt Kuelker (CSU) def. Alexander Raa (UIC) 6-3, 6-7, 6-1
2. Ali Shabib (CSU) def. Alan Reifer (UIC) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
3. Isaac Lloveras (UIC) def. Jorg Van Der Vloet (CSU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Joe VanMeter (CSU) def. Maurizio Feoli (UIC) 6-4, 6-0
5. Manuel Bellutti (CSU) def. Christopher Cole (UIC) 6-3, 6-4
6. Nolan Marks (CSU) def. Eric Pontow (UIC) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
1. Alexander Raa/ Isaac Lloveras (UIC) vs. Ali Shabib/ Joe VanMeter (CSU) unfinished
2. Matt Kuelker/ Nolan Marks (CSU) def. Alan Reifer/ Maurizio Feoli (UIC) 8-4
3. Jorg Van Der Vloet/ Manuel Bellutti (CSU) def. Eric Pontow/ Nate Campanile (UIC) 8-3