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    Oct. 20, 2013

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The UIC men’s tennis team concluded its fall schedule as competition wrapped at the ITA Midwest Regional.

    “Alexander Raa closed out the match well against NIU. He served great in the second set against Valparaiso,” Coach Hans Neufeld stated. “Overall, we need to get more consistent and dictate points. Alan Reifer and Carl Hedstrom played well in doubles. Each game was a drawn out battle, but we weren’t able to close out the deciding points.”

    Beginning play in the qualifying round, Reifer, Isaac Lloveras, Maurizio Feoli, Raa, and James Li were all faced with tough competition.  Raa was able to come away with one win, taking down Northern Illinois’ Simon Formont (6-3, 7-5). In his final match in qualifiers, Raa was edged by Valparaiso’s Jeffrey Schorsch in a 6-2, 7-5 final.

    Trying to make it to the next round, Reifer dropped his match to Valparaiso’s Dave Bacalla (6-1, 6-3), while Feoli fell in a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 final to Detroit's Rafael Orantes. Lloveras fell short to Western Michigan’s Michael Treis in a 6-1, 6-2 final.  James Li was defeated by Silviu Mistreanu from Youngstown in the first round (6-2, 6-1).

    The Flames were unable to make it past the first round in doubles.  With an 8-5 final, Raa and Reifer fell to Northern Illinois’ Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof. Despite the end result, Feoli and Hedstrom were bested by Wisconsin’s Petr Satral and Alexander Kokorev in an 8-2 final.

    UIC breaks for the remainder of the year and returns to competition in January to begin its regular season.

    COMPLETE UIC RESULTS
    Qualifier Draw - Singles

    Dave Bacalla (VALPO) def. Alan Reifer (UIC) 6-1, 6-3
    Michael Treis (WMU) def. Isaac Lloveras (UIC) 6-1, 6-2
    Alexander Raa (UIC) def. Simon Formont (NIU) 6-3, 7-5
    Silviu Mistreanu (YSU) def. James Li (UIC) 6-2, 6-1
    Jeffrey Schorsch (VALPO) def. Alexander Raa (UIC) 6-2, 7-5
    Rafael Orantes (DET) def. Maurizio Feoli (UIC) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2

    Main Draw - Doubles
    Dor Amir/Axel Lagerlof (NIU) def. Alexander Raa/ Alan Reifer (UIC) 8-5
    Peter Satral/Alexander Kokorev (WISC) def. Maurizio Feoli/Carl Hedstrom (UIC) 8-2