April 11, 2013
CHICAGO – Coming off of its first Horizon League win of the season, the UIC men’s tennis team (5-12, 1-2 HL) enters into a set of conference matches this weekend in Ohio. The Flames take on Youngstown State at 6 p.m. (CT) Friday at the Boardman Tennis Center in Youngstown, Ohio, then head to Westlake, Ohio, Saturday to compete with Cleveland State at 3 p.m. at the Paramount Tennis Club.
UIC enters competition after defeating Detroit, 4-3, April 6 at the Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts. The Flames took the doubles point and went on to claim three singles matches for the win.
Doubles wins came from Alan Reifer and Maurizio Feoli at No. 2, as they took out Pablo Nunez and Jay Joshi, 9-7 (10-8), and from Gautham Oroskar and Rahul Kamath at No. 3 with an 8-6 defeat over Chris Cheung and Rafael Orantes.
UIC secured the win in singles after Reifer, Christopher Cole and Feoli captured their respective matches. Reifer pulled away from Alex Latosinsky, 7-6 (7), 6-1, at No. 2, Cole took the win at No. 3 after retiring Nunez while up 6-2, 3-0 and Feoli took the final match at No. 5 with a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 win over Cheung.
The Flames have had the edge over Youngstown State in their past 10 regular-season meetings, including last season’s 4-3 defeat. Entering into Friday’s contest, the Penguins are 8-8 this season, with a 1-2 record against conference opponents, and have lost their last three matches to Idaho State, Cleveland State and Green Bay.
Into Saturday’s match, Cleveland State has defeated UIC in six consecutive regular-season matches, with the Flames last win coming during the 2005-06 season. The Vikings head into competition with a 6-11 record, 2-1 in the Horizon League, and are coming off of a pair of losses to Marquette and Green Bay.