March 2, 2012
CHICAGO – The UIC men’s tennis team (0-6) continues its stint on the road as they head to Wichita, Kan., to go up against Wichita State (5-3) and Washburn (2-1) in a pair of dual matches on Saturday. The Flames first face the Shockers at 10 a.m. (CT) at the Sheldon Coleman Tennis Complex, before seeing the Ichabods at 7 p.m. (CT) at the Wichita Country Club.
The Flames head into Saturday after matches against Western Michigan and Bradley on Feb. 24 and 26, respectively. While they were unable to produce points against the Broncos, falling 7-0, they put up a fight against the Braves before dropping a 5-2 decision.
UIC came away with the doubles point against Bradley, after taking wins at the No. 1 and 2 positions. Rahul Kamath and Alexander Raa combined to top their opponents at No. 1, 8-2, while Maurizio Feoli and Alan Reifer took out their respective opponents at No. 2, 8-5.
Despite falling in singles, the team did not go down without a fight, as five of the six matches were taken to three sets. Raa was able to take over at No. 1 to claim the lone victory for the Flames over Ashton Kalhorn with a final of 7-5, 1-6, 6-1.
In head coach Hans Neufeld’s tenure with the Flames, this is the first time UIC faces Wichita State or Washburn. WSU is coming off of two, 7-0 wins over Newman and Oral Roberts on Feb. 25, as Washburn also won its last two, including an 8-1 victory over University of Arkanasas-Fort Smith on Feb. 24.
Wichita State is up at No. 62 in the most recent ITA rankings, while its doubles tandem of Matheus Pereira and David Cavalcanti come in at No. 46.