Men's Tennis Falls To C-USA Foe Charlotte

UABSPORTS.COM Rafael Rondino was leading his match at No. 2 singles when play was suspended.
Rafael Rondino was leading his match at No. 2 singles when play was suspended.

Feb. 9, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ----- The UAB men's tennis team capped off its two-match road trip Sunday, falling 5-0 to Conference USA foe Charlotte at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex.

The 49ers won all three doubles matches, two of them in narrow fashion, to gain a 1-0 lead and take momentum into singles play.

Alex Calott and Jack Williams edged the Blazers' duo of Lucas Dirube and Donovan McSeveney, 9-7, at No. 1 doubles, while Paul Cisti and Forrest Edwards were 8-7 winners over Luiz Felipe Pinto and Rafael Rondino at No. 3. Charlotte also took an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles as Kamil Khalil and Jordi Massalle defeated UAB's Chris Helliar and Mitchell Martell, 8-4.

In singles, the 49ers won at the No. 3-6 positions before the match was halted. Helliar and Edwards were playing a tightly-contested match at No. 1 when the match was clinched as Edwards led by a 7-5, 1-0 score. UAB's Rondino was up in his match at No. 2 over Williams, 6-4, 4-1, when play was suspended.

Charlotte gained the win on the strength of their matches in the lower part of their lineup. Dirube fell to the 49ers' Khalil at No. 3, 6-2, 6-2, with Massalle Ferrer taking a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles, over McSeveney, 6-2, 6-2.

Calott was a 6-3, 6-2 winner over UAB's Martell at the No. 5 singles position, and Cisti downed the Blazers' Pinto, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 6.

UAB will be back in action next weekend when it hosts a pair of Conference USA foes. The Blazers entertain Tulane on Saturday, Feb. 15 (1 p.m. CT) before playing host to UTSA on Sunday, Feb. 16 (11 a.m. CT).



No. 1 - Chris Helliar (UAB) vs. Forrest Edwards (Char) 5-7, 0-1, suspended, match clinched
No. 2 - Rafael Rondino (UAB) vs. Jack Williams (Char) 6-4, 4-1, suspended, match clinched
No. 3 - Kamil Khalil (Char) def. Lucas Dirube (UAB) 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 - Massalle Ferrer (Char) def. Donovan McSeveney (UAB) 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 - Alex Calott (Char) def. Mitchell Martell (UAB) 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 - Paul Cisti (Char) def. Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) 6-4, 6-1

No. 1 - Alex Calott/Jack Williams (Char) def. Lucas Dirube/Donovan McSeveney (UAB) 9-7
No. 2 - Kamil Khalil/Jordi Massalle (Char) def. Chris Helliar/Mitchell Martell (UAB) 8-4
No. 3 - Paul Cisti/Forrest Edwards (Char) def. Luiz Felipe Pinto/Rafael Rondino (UAB) 8-7

Records: UAB 2-3, Charlotte 2-1

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