Men's Tennis Wraps Up Competition at the River Forest Invite

Senior James Li.
Senior James Li.

Sept. 15, 2013

RIVER FOREST, Ill. - The UIC men's tennis team kicked off its fall season on Fri., Sept. 13 and Sat., Sept. 14 at the River Forest Invitational in River Forest, Ill.

The Flames took to the courts against opponents from Belmont, Butler, Morehead State, Northern Illinois, St. Louis, Valparaiso, and Youngstown State in the six-flight singles and three-flight doubles two-day event.

James Li led off the first singles flight by defeating Silviu Mistreanu of YSU 6-3, 7-6 (4), but fell short in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0, against Mauricio Antun of Belmont.  Li faced Dor Amir from Northern Illinois in his third and final match, but fell short 6-1, 6-4.

In the second flight, Alex Raa faced Marko Lovrinovic from Belmont falling 7-6.  In round two, he defeated Joe Flanagan from St. Louis in straight sets, 7-6, 7-5. Raa faced Sebastian Han from Youngstown State in the consolation final, but lost 6-2, 5-7 (10-5).

Isaac Lloveras breezed through the first two rounds defeating Eric Honert from Valparaiso 6-2, 4-6, (10-8) and Cedric Dujacquier from Belmont 7-6 (3) 6-2.  He ultimately placed second falling short to Giovanni Samaha from Morehead State 6-2, 6-4 in the championship.

Maurizio Feoli started off strong in his first match in the fourth flight with a 7-5, 4-6, 10-7, win over Gabriel Ruiz from Morehead State.  He fell short in his second match to Jovan Zeljkovic from Northern Illinois 6-1, 6-4. Feoli defeated Michael Savglio from Valparaiso 3-6, 6-4 (10-8) in his third match of the day.

Heading into the fifth flight, Carl Hedstrom fell to Brandon Woods from Butler 6-4, 6-4. Hedstrom won straight sets 6-3, 6-1 against Martijn Verberne from Belmont.  He faced off against Nick Mercer from Morehead State in the Consolation Final but ultimately fell short 6-4, 6-4.

The final flight of singles had Eric Pontow falling to Kyle Dunn from Valparaiso 6-3, 6-4. Pontow defeated Hans Nardelli from Belmont 6-3, 6-2 to go on to win the Consolation final against David Clifford from Morehead State 6-2, 6-1.

Through doubles play, UIC combined for a 5-4 record.  Raa and Cole teamed up in the first match of the first flight defeating Pat Kella and Miguel Flores from St. Louis 8-6.  The duo then faced off against YSU’s Dawood Kabil and Sebastian Hagn, but fell short 8-3. Nate Campanile subbed in for Cole in the final match.  Raa and Campanile defeated Axel Langerlof and Dor Amir of Northern Illinois 8-6 to take third place in the first flight.

Lloveras and Pontow competed in the second flight and started strong beating Joe Flanagan and Nishaad Balachandran from St. Louis 8-3. The tandem fell short to Butler and Northern Illinois in the final two matches, ultimately coming in fourth place.

The third flight was rounded out when Feoli joined Hedstrom.  The pair took the first two against Belmont and Butler, 9-7, 8-3, respectively. The duo ultimately fell short to Matt Lynch and Jovan Zelijkovic from Northern Illinois 8-6 in the Championship.

“River Forest was a great opportunity for the freshmen to compete at a high level of collegiate tennis,” head coach Hans Neufeld stated.  “Eric Pontow, Carl Hedstrom, and Nate Campanile all had solid impacts in our doubles results. We competed well in singles showing the depth of this year’s team.”

The Flames resume fall competition on Thurs., Oct. 17, when they head to Columbus, Ohio, to compete in the ITA Midwest Regionals.

Singles - Flight #1

James Li (UIC) def. Silviu Mistreanu (YSU) 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Mauricio Antun (Belmont) def. James Li (UIC) 6-2, 6-0
Dor Amir (NIU) def. James Li (UIC) 6-1, 6-4

Singles - Flight #2
Marko Lovrinovic (Belmont) def. Alex Raa (UIC) 6-3, 6-1
Alex Raa (UIC) def. Joe Flanagan (SLU) 7-6, 7-5
Sebastian Hagn (YSU) def. Alex Raa (UIC) 6-2, 5-7 (10-5)

Singles - Flight #3
Isaac Lloveras (UIC) def. Eric Honert (Valparaiso) 6-2, 4-6, (10-8)
Isaac Lloveras (UIC) def. Cedric Dujacquier (Belmont) 6-4, 6-3
Giovanni Samaha (MSU) def. Isaac Lloveras (UIC) 6-2, 6-4

Singles - Flight #4
Maurizio Feoli (UIC) def. Gabriel Ruiz (MSU) 7-5, 4-6, 10-7
Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Maurizio Feoli (UIC) 6-1, 6-4
Maurizio Feoli (UIC) def. Michael Savaglio (Valparaiso) 3-6, 6-4, (10-8)

Singles - Flight #5
Brandon Woods (Butler) def. Carl Hedstrom (UIC) 6-4, 6-4
Carl Hedstrom (UIC) def. Martijn Verberne (Belmont) 6-3, 6-1
Nick Mercer (MSU) def. Carl Hedstrom (UIC) 6-4, 6-4

Singles - Flight #6

Kyle Dunn (Valparaiso) def. Eric Pontow (UIC) 6-3, 6-4
Eric Pontow (UIC) def. Hans Nardelli (Belmont) 6-3, 6-2
Eric Pontow (UIC) def. David Clifford (MSU) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles - Flight #1

Christopher Cole/Alexander Raa (UIC) def. Pat Kella/ Miguel Flores (SLU) 8-6
Dawood Kabil/ Sebastian Hagn (YSU) def. Christopher Cole/ Alexander Raa (UIC) 8-3
Nate Campanile**/ Alexander Raa (UIC) def. Axel Lagerlof/ Dor Amir (NIU) 8-6

**sub for Christopher Cole

Doubles - Flight #2
Isaac Lloveras/ Eric Pontow (UIC) def. Joe Flanagan/ Nishaad Balachandran (SLU) 8-3
Austin Woldmoe/ Woldmoe (Butler) def. Isaac Lloveras/ Eric Pontow (UIC) 8-7 (8-6)
Formont/ Fred Cadieux (NIU) def. Isaac Lloveras/ Eric Pontow (UIC) 8-4

Doubles - Flight #3
Maurizio Feoli/Carl Hedstrom (UIC) def. Martjn Verberne/ Hans Nardelli (Belmont) 9-7
Maurizio Feoli/Carl Hedstrom (UIC) def. Tommy Marks/ Sam Oneill (Butler) 8-3
Matt Lynch/ Jovan Zelijkovic (NIU) def. Maurizio Feoli/Carl Hedstrom (UIC) 8-5