April 16, 2013
CHICAGO - Heading into the final stretch of the regular season, the UIC men's tennis team (5-14, 1-4 HL) takes to the Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts to compete against Chicago in a non-conference match at 4 p.m. (CT) Wednesday.
The Flames break from Horizon League competition after suffering a pair of losses against Youngstown State and Cleveland State. UIC dropped a 6-1 decision against the Penguins April 12, before falling to Cleveland State, 4-3, April 13.
In facing Youngstown State, freshman Christopher Cole claimed the lone win for the Flames in singles, having defeated Dawoud Kabli, 4-6, 6-4, 10-5, at No. 3, while Isaac Lloveras and Rahul Kamath combined in doubles to take down Rodrigo Campos and Max Schmerin, 8-6, at No. 2 despite losing the doubles point.
UIC was able to produce improved results against Cleveland State, where the team pulled away with three singles wins and Kamath and Gautham Oroskar collected an 8-7 (1) doubles win at No. 3 against Jorg van der Vloet and Joe VanMeter.
At No. 1 singles, Alexander Raa came out on top of a three-set match with van der Vloet, 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4. Maurizio Feoli was also on the winning end of his three-set match with Nolan Marks, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 5, as Kamath tallied a straight-set 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 6 against VanMeter to go undefeated on the day.
Wednesday's match marks the third-consecutive season where the Flames and Maroons have faced off with one another. UIC holds the edge, 2-1, while Chicago captured last season's match with a 5-2 win.
The Maroons have gone 11-4 this season after losing their last three matches against Wisconsin-Whitewater, Washington-St. Louis and Gustavus Adophus. Following its match with the Flames, Chicago will end its regular season with matches against Wheaton and Carthage.