Men's Tennis Team Suffers Narrow Defeat To Arkansas

UABSPORTS.COM David Zimmerman was the first Blazer to win in singles Wednesday.
David Zimmerman was the first Blazer to win in singles Wednesday.

Jan. 30, 2013

Final Stats

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. ----- The UAB men's tennis team dropped a tight 4-3 decision to No. 55 Arkansas here Wednesday afternoon as the Razorbacks rallied to win four of six singles matches after losing the doubles point to the Blazers.

UAB (2-2), listed at No. 75 in the ITA rankings, took a 1-0 lead on the strength of doubles wins at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Rafael Rondino and Luiz Felipe Pinto downed the Arkansas duo of Christian Lee and Jovan Parlic at No. 3, 8-3, before Lucas Dirube and Chris Helliar secured the doubles point with an 8-7 win at No. 2 over Gregoire Lehmann and Mike Ward.

Mike Nott and Victor Hoang gave Arkansas its only win in doubles with an 8-5 triumph at No. 1 over UAB's David Zimmerman and Tom Puetz.

Arkansas' Mike Nott quickly tied the score at 1-1 with his 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles over Dirube. In a matchup of the team's top players at No. 1, UAB's Zimmerman claimed a straight set victory over Lehmann, 6-3, 6-3.

But the Razorbacks then rallied with three straight tightly-contested victories to clinch the match. Parlic was a 6-4, 7-6 winner at No. 4 singles over UAB's Puetz while Hoang outlasted Pinto at the No. 6 spot, 7-6, 6-4.

The clincher for Arkansas came at No. 2 singles as Santiago Munoz rallied after losing the first set, 6-0, to the Blazers' Rondino to capture the next two sets, 6-4, 6-4. UAB junior Chris Helliar gave the Blazers their third team point with a 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles over Ward.



UAB will be back in action Saturday, Feb. 2 when the Blazers play host to No. 21-ranked Auburn in a 1:30 p.m. match at George Ward Park.

#55 Arkansas 4, #75 UAB 3

Singles Results
No. 1 - David Zimmerman (UAB) def. Gregoire Lehmann (ARK) 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 - *Santiago Munoz (ARK) def. Rafael Rondino (UAB) 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 Chris Helliar (UAB) def. Mike Ward (ARK) 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
No. 4 - Jovan Parlic (ARK) def. Tom Puetz (UAB) 6-4, 7-6
No. 5 - Mike Nott (ARK) def. Lucas Dirube (UAB) 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 - Victor Hoang (ARK) def. Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) 7-6, 6-4 Doubles Results
No. 1 - Mike Nott/Victor Hoang (ARK) def. Tom Puetz/David Zimmerman (UAB) 8-5
No. 2 - Lucas Dirube/Chris Helliar (UAB) def. Gregoire Lehmann/Mike Ward (ARK) 8-7
No. 3 - Rafael Rondino/Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) def. Christian Lee/Jovan Parlic (ARK) 8-3