Jan. 20, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ----- The UAB men's tennis team captured the doubles point and went on to claim four of six singles matches en route to a 5-2 victory over Florida Gulf Coast here Sunday.
The No. 73-ranked Blazers (2-1) won two of three matches during the weekend, defeating the Eagles after splitting matches Saturday vs. Florida A&M (4-2 win) and 32nd-ranked Florida State (7-0 loss).
UAB took a 1-0 lead after winning at No. 2 and 3 doubles. Lucas Dirube and Chris Helliar defeated the FGCU team of Lance Lvovsky and Dean Tsamas, 8-4, at No. 2 with Luiz Pinto and Rafael Rondino edging Michael Beiler and Gabriel Echeverry at No. 3 doubles, 8-7 (5).
Jordi Vives and Tianyu Bao gave Florida Gulf Coast (0-2) its only doubles win with an 8-5 decision at the No. 1 spot over Tom Puetz and David Zimmerman.
UAB put the match away with wins at four singles positions. Zimmerman, Rondino, Puetz and Pinto were the singles winners for the Blazers.
Zimmerman downed Vives at No. 1 singles, 7-6 (8), ret. while Rondino outlasted Bao at the No. 2 spot, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3. Puetz claimed a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Lvovsky at No. 4 and Pinto rallied at No. 6 singles over Echeverry, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.
UAB's Chris Helliar dropped a three-set decision at No. 3 singles to FGCU's Tsamas, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, with Beiler taking a 6-4, 7-5 win over Dirube at No. 5.
UAB will be back in action on Jan. 30 when the Blazers travel to play at No. 56-ranked Arkansas.
No. 73 UAB 5, Florida Gulf Coast 2
No. 1 - Jordi Vives/Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. Tom Puetz/David Zimmerman (UAB) 8-5
No. 2 - Lucas Dirube/Chris Helliar (UAB) def. Lance Lvovsky/Dean Tsamas (FGCU) 8-4
No. 3 - Luiz Pinto/Rafael Rondino (UAB) def. Michael Beiler/Gabriel Echeverry (FGCU) 8-7 (5)
No. 1 - David Zimmerman
(UAB) def. Jordi Vives (FGCU) 7-6 (8) ret.
No. 2 - Rafael Rondino
(UAB) def. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3
No. 3 - Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Chris Helliar
(UAB) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
No. 4 - Tom Puetz
(UAB) def. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 - Michael Beiler (FGCU) def. Lucas Dirube
(UAB) 6-4, 7-5
No. 6 - Luiz Pinto (UAB) def. Gabriel Echeverry (FGCU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
Records: UAB 2-1, Florida Gulf Coast 0-2