Sept. 18, 2012
RIVER FOREST, Ill. - The UIC men's tennis team kicked off its fall season on Fri., Sept. 14 and Sat., Sept. 15 at the River Forest Invitational in River Forest, Ill. Senior Rahul Kamath went 3-0 in both singles and doubles, when combined with Alexander Raa.
The Flames took to the courts against opponents from Belmont, Butler, Grand Valley State, Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne, Northern Illinois and Youngstown State in the six-flight singles and three-flight doubles two-day event.
Alan Reifer led off the first singles flight with a 1-2 record. He fell, 1-6, 6-3, (10-6), in Round 1 to Daniel Kang of IPFW and dropped his back draw semi-finals match in Round 2 to Francis Bertrand, 7-5, 6-2. Reifer came away with the win in Round 3 after retiring Austin Woldmoe of Butler to take seventh place.
In the second flight, Isaac Lloveras-Bernat took down his opponents in the first and second rounds. He defeated Andrew Darrell of GVSU in three after going 5-7, 7-5, (11-9) and won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4, against Dawoud Kabli of YSU. In Lloveras-Bernat's final match, he dropped to Pulok Bhattacharya of Butler in consecutive 6-4 sets.
Maurizio Feoli placed sixth in the third flight, after going 1-2 against opponents. He fell in 6-4, 7-6 sets versus Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) in Round 1 before capturing his first win against Alfonso Costas (IPFW) after going 6-1, 4-6, (13-11). Feoli was defeated, 6-2, 6-1, in his third and final match against Bryan Hodges of GVSU.
Raa started off strong in his first match in the fourth flight with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Michael Kaye of GVSU. He took his second match to three sets with Simon Formont of NIU before falling 6-4, 6-7, (10-8) and went down in his final match against Andres Cobos (IPFW) in 6-2, 6-0 sets to take fourth place.
Heading into the fifth flight, Gautham Oroskar went 1-2 to take sixth place. Oroskar lost his first match with Billy Welden (BUT) in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, before coming away with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ben Esh-Nauta (GVSU) in the back draw semi-finals. While playing for fifth and sixth place, Oroskar took his match with Andrew Bole (GVSU) to three sets after capturing the second, but fell 7-6, 2-6, (10-4).
The final flight of singles was capped off with a first-place finish from Kamath. Kamath took a 6-4, 7-6 win from Ruben Geeraert of Butler, before coming out on top of a three-set win, 6-1, 1-6, (13-11), over Felipe Rosa of YSU. The third match in round three was captured in consecutive 6-3 sets against Martin Muadi of IPFW.
Through doubles play, UIC combined for a 6-3 record. Reifer and Feoli teamed up in the first flight to go 1-2, taking their first match, 8-3, against Connor Andrews and Jonathan Raa of IPFW, before falling in rounds two and three against NIU and YSU, respectively, to finish in fourth place.
Raa and Kamath competed in the second flight and went undefeated against their opponents. The first match was won in an 8-4 victory over Sam O'Neil and Andres Maynez of Butler, with the second and third matches ending in 8-7 outcomes over YSU and Belmont.
The third flight was rounded out when Lloveras-Bernat joined newcomer Christopher Cole to go 2-1. The duo came away with their first two matches in an 8-3 victory over Silva and Geeraert of Butler and an 8-0 win over NIU's Laguton and Kapshuk. Lloveras and Cole fell to Butler in the third round to come away with a third-place finish.
The Flames resume fall competition on Thurs., Oct. 18, when they head to East Lansing, Mich., to compete in the ITA Midwest Regionals.
COMPLETE UIC RESULTS
Singles - Flight #1
Daniel Kang (IPFW) def. Alan Reifer (UIC) 1-6, 6-3, (10-6)
Francis Bertrand (GVSU) def. Alan Reifer (UIC) 7-5, 6-2
Alan Reifer (UIC) def. Austin Woldmoe (BUT) 3-6, 1-2, ret.
Singles - Flight #2
Isaac Lloveras-Bernat (UIC) def. Andrew Darrell (GVSU) 5-7, 7-5, (11-9)
Isaac Lloveras-Bernat (UIC) def. Dawoud Kabli (YSU) 7-5, 6-4
Pulok Bhattacharya (BUT) def. Isaac Lloveras-Bernat (UIC) 6-4, 6-4
Singles - Flight #3
Jovan Zeljkovic (NIU) def. Maurizio Feoli (UIC) 6-4, 7-6
Maurizio Feoli (UIC) def. Alfonso Costas (IPFW) 6-1, 4-6, (13-11)
Bryan Hodges (GVSU) def. Maurizio Feoli (UIC) 6-2, 6-1
Singles - Flight #4
Alexander Raa (UIC) def. Michael Kaye (GVSU) 6-1, 6-0
Simon Formont (NIU) def. Alexander Raa (UIC) 6-4, 6-7, (10-8)
Andres Cobos (IPFW) def. Alexander Raa (UIC) 6-2, 6-0
Singles - Flight #5
Billy Welden (BUT) def. Gautham Oroskar (UIC) 6-2, 6-4
Gautham Oroskar (UIC) def. Ben Esh-Nauta (GVSU) 6-2, 6-1
Andrew Bole (GVSU) def. Gautham Oroskar (UIC) 7-6, 2-6, (10-4)
Singles - Flight #6
Rahul Kamath (UIC) def. Ruben Geeraert (BUT) 6-4, 7-6
Rahul Kamath (UIC) def. Felipe Rosa (YSU) 6-1, 1-6, (13-11)
Rahul Kamath (UIC) def. Martin Muadi (IPFW) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles - Flight #1
Alan Reifer/Maurizio Feoli (UIC) def. Connor Andrews/Jonathan Raa (IPFW) 8-3
Axel Lagerlof/Simon Formont (NIU) def. Alan Reifer/Maurizio Feoli (UIC) 8-5
Silviu Mistreanu/Zeeshan Ismail (YSU) def. Alan Reifer/Maurizio Feoli (UIC) 8-4
Doubles - Flight #2
Alexander Raa/Rahul Kamath (UIC) def. Sam O'Neil/Andres Maynez (BUT) 8-4
Alexander Raa/Rahul Kamath (UIC) def. Dawoud Kabli/Sebastian Hagn (YSU) 8-7
Alexander Raa/Rahul Kamath (UIC) def. Henrique Norbiato/Fernando Mussolini (BEL) 8-7
Doubles - Flight #3
Isaac Lloveras-Bernat/Christopher Cole (UIC) def. B Silva/R Geeraert (BUT) 8-3
Isaac Lloveras-Bernat/Christopher Cole (UIC) def. Maksym Laguton/Nikita Kapshuk (NIU) 8-0
Pulok Bhattacharya/Tommy Marx (BUT) def. Isaac Lloveras-Bernat/Christopher Cole (UIC) 8-5