April 13, 2012
CHICAGO – After falling in a close match with Detroit on April 7, the UIC men’s tennis team (2-13/0-4 HL) returns to its home courts this weekend to face Cleveland State (7-10/1-2 HL) and Youngstown State (7-8/2-1 HL) in a pair of Horizon League matches. Competition is slated to get underway at 2 p.m. (CT) on Saturday and Sunday against the Vikings and the Penguins, respectively, at the Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts.
The Flames are hoping to come away with their first Horizon League win of the season after dropping a 4-3 decision to Detroit last Saturday on the road. UIC came away with one win through doubles play, while taking three in singles matches.
Alexander Raa and Rahul Kamath came through for the Flames as they defeated Mike Basha and Chris Cheung, 8-6, at No. 1 doubles. At No. 2, Maurizio Feoli and Alan Reifer fell 8-3 to Alex Latosinsky and David Stabley, while Nate Kirk and Scott Shepardson went down to Pablo Nunez and Jay Joshi, 8-2.
In singles, UIC recorded wins at the No. 1, 3 and 6 positions. James Li came away with his first win at No. 1 this season against Ltosinsky, 6-4, 7-5. Reifer defeated Basha, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 3, as Kamath came in at No. 6 to take down David Stabley, 6-3, 6-3.
In facing Cleveland State, the Vikings have come out on top of the Flames in the past five regular-season matchups, including last season’s 6-1 defeat. Heading into Saturday’s match with a 7-10 overall record, 1-2 in the Horizon League, CSU has dropped its last two matches, against Horizon League opponents. On March 31, the Vikings fell to Youngstown State, 4-3, and on April 7, were taken down by Green Bay, 5-2.
Over the past 10 seasons, UIC has been victorious over Youngstown State, with four coming as straight sweeps. YSU currently holds a 7-8 overall record, 2-1 in the Horizon League, after dropping its last two matches. The Penguins were swept by Ohio State, 6-0, on April 1, and went down to Green Bay, 4-3, in a tight match on April 6. They face Valparaiso on Saturday before meeting with the Flames on Sunday.