Jan. 30, 2013
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
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
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