Men's Tennis Posts Sharp Showing At Marquette Invitational

Karol Zarucki and the Flames put up a huge showing at the Marquette Invitational this weekend.
Karol Zarucki and the Flames put up a huge showing at the Marquette Invitational this weekend.

Oct. 17, 2004

Milwaukee, Wis.- After a two-week layoff, the University of Illinois at Chicago men's tennis team resumed fall action this weekend at the Marquette Fall Invitational at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium.

In the hidden dual match format of the tournament, the Flames faced off against Horizon League rival UW-Green Bay, Northern Illinois and the host Golden Eagles.

During the first day of play on Saturday, UIC took on the Phoenix in a singles rematch of the Flames' decisive victory over UW-Green Bay at the Bradley Invitational this past September. The Flames were able to take four of six singles bouts, backed by wins at the top of the order by Ivan Kovalev, Karol Zarucki and Andy Lockhart, along with a No. 6 win by Eric Fey.

Following the singles dual match versus the Phoenix, UIC dropped three doubles contests against Marquette.

The Flames ended the day with a set of singles matches against Northern Illinois. Lockhart and Fey, who played Marquette's Tomek Czernuszewicz at No. 6 singles, gave the Flames two wins out of six matches.

On Sunday UIC opened with up with three doubles matches against NIU. Kovalev and Zarucki notched a tough 9-8 win at the top spot over Alex Frison and Willy Gali.

Next up were six singles matches against the Golden Eagles, where Kovalev and Fey came out victorious.

Concluding the event was a doubles slate against UW-Green Bay, and UIC didn?t disappoint, handing their conference rivals a 2-1 defeat on the duo side.

UIC finished the Invitational 8-10 in singles play and 3-6 in doubles action. Flames newcomers continued their magnificent UIC debut fall seasons by going 7-2 in singles overall.

"A good weekend overall," UIC head coach Hans Neufeld said of his team?s showing. "A lot of good performances."



Lockhart lost for the first time in singles action this weekend after winning his first six matches. He didn?t go without a fight, either, as he battled Marquette?s Brett Binkley all the way in a 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 loss.

The Flames will be in action at the ITA Midwest Regionals beginning this Friday.

2004 Marquette Fall Invitational Results

UIC vs. UW-Green Bay Singles Results UIC 4, UWGB 2 No. 1- Ivan Kovalev (UIC) def. Tyler Dorn (UWGB) 6-2, 6-3 No. 2- Karol Zarucki (UIC) def. Jarett Cascino (UWGM) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 No. 3- Andy Lockhart (UIC) def. Tim Prudlow (UWGB) 7-5, 6-1 No. 4- Mat Weiss (UWGB) def. Paul Glendenning (UIC) 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (3) No. 5- Mark Goldin (UWGB) def. Sean Kreymborg (UIC) 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3) No. 6- Eric Fey (UIC) def. Derek Gonwa (UWGB) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

UIC vs. Marquette Doubles Results Marquette 3, UIC 0 No. 1- Brett Binkley/Troy Delmege (MARQ) def. Ivan Kovalev/Karol Zarucki (UIC) 8-5 No. 2- Ian Kawas/Ricky Servoss (MARQ) def. Paul Glendenning/Andy Lockhart (UIC) 8-6 No. 3- Eigis Vedrickas/Pete Van Lieshout (MARQ) def. Sean Kreymborg/James Wonneberg (UIC) 8-2

UIC vs. Northern Illinois Singles Results ***NOTE No. 6 singles match is UIC vs. MARQ**** NIU 4, UIC 2 No. 1- Willy Gali (NIU) def. Ivan Kovalev (UIC) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 No. 2- Mark Tate (NIU) def. Karol Zarucki (UIC) 6-2, 6-4 No. 3- Andy Lockhart (UIC) def. Adam Ford (NIU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 No. 4- Alex Friesen (NIU) def. Paul Glendenning (UIC) 6-3, 6-3 No. 5- Diego Zegarra-Ballon (NIU) def. Sean Kreymborg (UIC) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 No. 6- Eric Fey (UIC) def. Tomek Czernuszewicz (MARQ) 6-4, 6-4

UIC vs. Northern Illinois Doubles Results NIU 2, UIC 1 No. 1- Ivan Kovalev/Andy Lockhart (UIC) def. Alex Frison/Willy Gali (NIU) 9-8 No. 2- Adam Ford/Mark Tate (NIU) def. Paul Glendenning/Sean Kreymborg (UIC) 8-3 No. 3- Erick Martinez/Diego Zegarra-Ballon (NIU) def. James Wonneberg/Karol Zarucki (UIC) 8-2

UIC vs. Marquette Singles Marquette 4, UIC 2 No. 1-Ivan Kovalev (UIC) def. Eigis Vedrickas (MARQ) 6-4, 6-4 No. 2- Troy Delmege (MARQ) def. Karol Zarucki (UIC) 6-3, 6-2 No. 3- Brett Binkley (MARQ) def. Andy Lockhart (UIC) 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 No. 4- Greg Sirotek (MARQ) def. Paul Glendenning (UIC) 7-6, 6-1 No. 5- Pete Van Lieshout (MARQ) def. Sean Kreymborg (UIC) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 No. 6- Eric Fey (UIC) def. Ricky Servoss (MARQ) 6-3, 6-1

UIC vs. UW-Green Bay Doubles Results UIC 2, UWGB 1 No. 1- Ivan Kovalev/Andy Lockhart (UIC) def. Tyler Dorn/Mat Weiss (UWGB) 8-6 No. 2- Tim Prudlow (UWGB)/Mark Goldin def. Paul Glendenning/Sean Kreymborg (UIC) 8-4 No. 3- Eric Fey/Karol Zarucki (UIC) def. Eric Hines/Derek Gonwa (UWGB) 8-6