Men's Tennis Wraps Competition at SIUE

Isaac Lloveras
Isaac Lloveras

Sept. 22, 2013

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - The UIC men's tennis team traveled to Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville this past weekend to compete in the SIUE Invitational.  The Flames faced off in a round robin style tournament against teams from SIUE, St. Louis, Western Illinois, and Eastern Illinois.

"We had a good overall team effort," said head coach Hans Heufeld.  "Isaac Lloveras went undefeated in singles and the duo of Maurizio Feoli and Carl Hedstrom were relentless in their doubles play.

Lloveras was completely flawless through all four singles matches this weekend. The redshirt sophomore defeated Nishaad Balachandran from Saint Louis 6-1, 6-4. He then faced SIUE's Nico Kuehn winning 6-1, 6-5 (7-3). Lloveras breezed past WIU's Max Cederkall 6-3, 6-1, and EIU's Rui Silva 6-3, 0-6, 10-5 to close out singles competition.

The Flames Eric Pontow started singles competition in the second round against SIUE's Stephen Washuta, beating him 6-1, 6-2. Pontow continued strong facing WIU's Brett Furmanski 6-1, 6-0. In the third match, he finished unbeaten through singles play after facing EIU's Volodymy Zverkovsky 6-1, 6-2.

UIC's Feoli started singles competition strong winning three straight, beating Luis Miguel Flores from SLU 6-1, 6-3, SIUE's Jacob Tanulanond 6-5 (7-5), 5-6 (5-7), 10-8, and Chris Bunch from Western Illinois 7-5, 6-2. In his final match, Feoli fell short to EIU's Kevin Bauman 6-3, 2-6, 10-6.

Hedstrom entered singles competition falling short to SLU's Vuk Poledica 6-4, 6-4. Hedstrom won the next three against SIUE's Patrick Gaffigan 6-2, 6-2, Brandon Meeker from WIU 6-0, 6-1, and finally EIU's Grant Thompson 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4), 10-6.

UIC's Alexander Raa went through singles competition with a 2-1 record. Raa began by falling short to SLU's Yehia El Sallaly 6-3, 6-4. He defeated his final two opponents, WIU's Mitch Granger 6-5 (5-7), 6-3, 10-6 and Robert Skolik from EIU 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 to close out his singles play.

James Li fell short to SLU's Patrick Kella 3-6, 6-4, 10-5. Li then defeated Jacob Perkins from SIUE 5-6 (5-7), 6-3, 10-7. Li continued on his hot streak overpowering WIU's Christoph Haertel 6-4, 0-6, 12-10. In his final match of singles play, Li took on Moritz Kandt from EIU, but was beaten by Kandt 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

The Flames Alan Reifer battled through four matches in singles competition being defeated by SLU's Joe Flanagan 6-4, 6-5 (7-3), SIUE's Matthew Hutchinson 6-3, 6-5 (7-3), WIU's Ben Yue 6-1, 6-3, and EIU's Ryan Henderson 6-2, 6-3.

Feoli and Hedstrom joined together to breeze undefeated throughout doubles play. The duo competed against Nico Kuehn and Jacob Perkins from SIUE (8-1), Grant Thompson and Moritz Kandt from EIU (8-3) and WIU's Chris Bunch and Max Cederkall (8-1).

The Flames Raa and Reifer teamed up to go 2-1 in doubles play. The pair began by facing Stephen Washuta and Jacob Tanulanond from SIUE, winning 8-5. Next, they faced Kevin Bauman and Robert Skolik from EIU winning 8-5. The tandem was defeated in their last doubles match against WIU's Christoph Haertel and Ben Yue, 8-3.

UIC's Lloveras and Pontow were paired together through doubles play this weekend. The twosome was defeated by SIUE's Patrick Gaffigan and Matthew Hutchinson 8-4 in the first match. Lloveras and Pontow then faced EIU's Ryan Henderson and Rui Silva, winning 13-11. They closed out doubles play ultimately falling short to WIU's Mitch Granger and Brandon Meeker 8-6.

The Flames finished the weekend against SLU 2-4 in singles play, WIU 6-1 in singles and 1-2 in doubles, SIUE 5-1 in singles and 2-1 in doubles, and EIU 4-3 in singles and 3-0 in doubles.

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

UIC vs. St. Louis University
Patrick Kella (Saint Louis) def. James Li (UIC) 3-6, 6-4, 10-5
Joe Flanagan (Saint Louis) def. Alan Reifer (UIC) 6-4, 6-5 (7-3)
Yehia El Sallaly (Saint Louis) def. Alexander Raa (UIC) 6-3, 6-4
Isaac Lloveras (UIC) def. Nishaad Balachandran (Saint Louis) 6-1, 6-4
Maurizio Feoli (UIC) def. Luis Miguel Flores (Saint Louis) 6-1, 6-3
Vuk Poledica (Saint Louis) def. Carl Hedstrom (UIC) 6-4, 6-4

UIC vs. Southern Illinois- Edwardsville
James Li (UIC) def. Jacob Perkins (SIUE) 5-6 (5-7), 6-3, 10-7
Matthew Hutchinson (SIUE) def. Alan Reifer (UIC) 6-3, 6-5 (7-3)
Isaac Lloveras (UIC) def. Nico Kuehn (SIUE) 6-1, 6-5 (7-3)
Maurizio Feoli (UIC) def. Jacob Tanulanond (SIUE) 6-5 (7-5), 5-6 (5-7), 10-8
Carl Hedstrom (UIC) def. Patrick Gaffigan (SIUE) 6-2, 6-2
Eric Pontow (UIC) def. Stephen Washuta (SIUE) 6-1, 6-2

UIC vs. Western Illinois
James Li (UIC) def. Christoph Haertel (Western Illinois) 6-4, 0-6, 12-10
Ben Yue (Western Illinois) def. Alan Reifer (UIC) 6-1, 6-3
Alexander Raa (UIC) def. Mitch Granger (Western Illinois) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 10-6
Isaac Lloveras (UIC) def. Max Cederkall (Western Illinois) 6-3, 6-1
Maurizio Feoli (UIC) def. Chris Bunch (Western Illinois) 7-5, 6-2
Carl Hedstrom (UIC) def. Brandon Meeker (Western Illinois) 6-0, 6-1
Eric Pontow (UIC) def. Brett Furmanski (Western Illinois) 6-1, 6-0

UIC vs. Eastern Illinois
Moritz Kandt (Eastern Illinois) def. James Li (UIC) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
Ryan Henderson (Eastern Illinois) def. Alan Reifer (UIC) 6-2, 6-3
Alexander Raa (UIC) def. SKOLIK, Robert (Eastern Illinois) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
Isaac Lloveras (UIC) def. SILVA, Rui (Eastern Illinois) 6-3, 0-6, 10-5
Kevin Bauman (Eastern Illinois) def. Maurizio Feoli (UIC) 6-3, 2-6, 10-6
Carl Hedstrom (UIC) def. THOMPSON, Grant (Eastern Illinois) 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4), 10-6
Eric Pontow (UIC) def. Volodymy Zverkovsky (Eastern Illinois) 6-1, 6-2


UIC vs. Eastern Illinois
Alexander Raa/Alan Reifer (UIC) def. Kevin Bauman/Robert Skolik (Eastern Illinois) 8-5
Isaac Lloveras/Eric Pontow (UIC) def. Ryan Henderson/Rui Silva (Eastern Illinois) 13-11
Maurizio Feoli/Carl Hedstrom (UIC) def. Grant Thompson/Moritz Kandt (Eastern Illinois) 8-3

UIC vs. Southern Illinois- Edwardsville
Alexander Raa/Alan Reifer (UIC) def. Stephen Washuta/Jacob Tanulanond (SIUE) 8-5
Patrick Gaffigan/Matthew Hutchinson (SIUE) def. Isaac Lloveras/Eric Pontow (UIC) 8-6
Maurizio Feoli/Carl Hedstrom (UIC) def. Nico Kuehn/Jacob Perkins (SIUE) 8-1

UIC vs. Western Illinois
Christoph Haertel/Ben Yue (Western Illinois) def. Alexander Raa/Alan Reifer (UIC) 8-3
Mitch Granger/Brandon Meeker (Western Illinois) def. Isaac Lloveras/Eric Pontow (UIC) 8-6
Maurizio Feoli/Carl Hedstrom (UIC) def. Chris Bunch/Max Cederkall (Western Illinois) 8-1