April 6, 2012
CHICAGO – The UIC men’s tennis team (2-12/0-3 HL) makes its way to Detroit, Mich., for an afternoon matchup with Horizon League foe Detroit (5-13/1-3 HL) on Saturday. Originally set to take place at the Franklin Athletic Club, competition is scheduled to begin at noon (CT) at the Titan Tennis Complex.
The Flames are seeking their first Horizon League win of the season after coming off of a tough 6-1 loss to Green Bay on Saturday, March 31. UIC captured two-of-three doubles matches to come away with the doubles point before falling in singles.
Beginning in doubles play, Alexander Raa and Rahul Kamath competed against Felix Goepper and Michael Tenzer at No. 1 and came out on top of an 8-5 final. Scott Shepardson and Nate Kirk scored the second victory for the Flames after enduring a tiebreaker with Michael Tebon and Paul Swanson, 9-8 (8), at No. 3. Maurizio Feoli and Alan Reifer went up at No. 2, but fell to their opponents, 8-4.
While UIC was unable to come away with a singles win, three of its matches were decided in three sets. After dropping the first set, Feoli came back in the second against Goepper at No. 4, before falling in the third, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Taking their first sets, Kirk lost the next two at No. 5 to Craig Cox, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, as Kamath went down to Christoph Hopfe, 0-6, 6-1, 7-5, at No. 6.
For the first time this season, James Li competed at No. 1, but fell to Swanson, 6-1, 6-2, while Raa took position at No. 2 and dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision to Tenzer. Reifer resumed play at No. 3, but went down to Erik Finkenbrink, 6-0, 6-1.
Holding a record of 5-13, 1-3 Horizon League, Detroit split its last set of matches, as they defeated Butler, 4-3, on March 31 and fell to Wright State, 5-2, on April 1. In facing the Titans over the past three seasons, the Flames have taken all three matches, including last year’s 5-2 defeat.