Blazers Split Pair Of Matches At Seminole Quad

UABSPORTS.COM James Gardner saw action in the Blazers' match vs. Florida State.
James Gardner saw action in the Blazers' match vs. Florida State.

Jan. 21, 2012

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ----- The UAB men's tennis team opened its 2012 dual match season Saturday by splitting a pair of matches at the Seminole Quad hosted by Florida State University.

After a morning fog delayed the start of play at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center, the Blazers (1-1) defeated Furman, 4-1, before falling to the 44th-ranked host Seminoles, 6-1, later in the afternoon.

In winning over the Paladins, UAB claimed the doubles point by winning at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Danny Manlow and Daniel Moser gave the Blazers an early advantage with their 8-2 win at the No. 2 spot over Nate Collins and Joel Cook.

Furman's Andrew Mellow and Jacob Behal quickly pulled Furman (0-2) even with an 8-6 victory at the top position over Tom Puetz and David Zimmerman.

Blazer sophomores Lucas Dirube and Chris Helliar clinched the doubles point with a hard-fought 9-8 (5) decision at No. 3 over Furman's Tyler Droll and Watson George.

Manlow and Moser gave UAB a commanding 3-0 lead with straight set singles wins at the No. 2 and 4 positions, respectively. Manlow disposed of Cook by a 6-2, 6-4 while Moser defeated Robbie Aru by the same score at No. 4.

Mellow got the Paladins on the board by outlasting Zimmerman at No. 1 singles, 1-6, 6-2, 7-5. Helliar then clinched the match for UAB as he rallied at No. 3 singles for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory over Behal.

The matches at No. 5 and No. 6 singles were suspended once UAB had secured the match. At the time, both were in the third set with Droll leading the Blazers' Dirube, 7-6, 3-6, 2-1, at No. 5 while UAB's Tom Puetz and Ryan Miller were deadlocked at 1-6, 6-3, 5-5 with Puetz claiming the opening set.



UAB ran into a much stiffer challenge in its match later in the day against nationally-ranked Florida State (4-0) on the Seminoles' home courts.

The Seminoles swept the doubles play to take an early 1-0 lead. Dominic Cotone and Anderson Reed were 8-4 winners at No. 2 doubles over Manlow and Moser for the first win while Blake Davis and Jordan Kelly-Houston won at No. 1, 8-4.

The Seminoles' Andres Bucaro and Benjamin Lock duo closed out the doubles by edging the UAB tandem of Dirube and Helliar, 8-7 (6).

In singles, FSU's Cottone and Reed gave their team a 3-0 advantage at the No. 5 and 4 singles positions. Cottone downed UAB's Driube, 6-2, 6-0, with Reed taking a 6-1, 6-3 win over Moser.

UAB posted its only victory in the match with a win at No. 2 by Zimmerman as the junior defeated Davis, 6-3, 6-1. Lock clinched the match for Florida State with his 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles over James Gardner.

The Seminoles captured their fifth and sixth team points with wins at No. 3 and 1 singles. Cristian Gonzalez-Mendez defeated UAB's Helliar, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 3 while Kelly-Houston edged past Manlow at the top spot, 7-6 (7), 6-3.

The Blazers will next be in action Wednesday, Feb. 1 when they play host to North Alabama in a 1:00 p.m. CT match.