Men's Tennis Takes Out Youngstown State In First Round Of League Tourney, But Drops Tight Semifinal Match With UW-Green Bay

April 27, 2003

Indianapolis, Ind. - The UIC men's tennis team took care of business in its first round match versus Youngstown State, but was unable to pull off the upset in the semifinals against UW-Green Bay in the Horizon League Championships in Indy on Saturday.

Against the #6 Penguins, everything clicked as the #3 Flames grabbed the doubles point with a win from Ken Howrey and Yevgen Ryeznik in the No.1 slot and a default win at No.3 doubles.

In singles play, Amol Desai won his No.4 match with Kosta Kerapetsas, 6-0, 6-0, while Ysu defaulted at No.5 and No.6.

The Flames then had a chance to move into the finals, but the second-seeded Phoenix proved too strong, as UWGB won, 4-3.

UIC grabbed the crucial doubles point with Howrey and Ryeznik beating Jeff Cascino and Tyler Dorn in the top slot, 8-5. John Cincola and Pat Zufan then took care of Tom Heidenberger and Robert Shamelikian, 8-4, at No.2 doubles.

In singles play, Bodmer defeated Shamelikian in a battle of all-league performers, 7-6, 6-4. At No.4 singles, Howrey completed a terrific day of competition with a win over Heidenberger, 6-4,6-4.

The closest match of the day came down to Ryeznik and Ben Davis, as Davis pulled through for the Phoenix in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

UIC now faces #4 Wright State in the third-place match on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.