Blazer Tennis Team Edged By Yale, 4-3

Lucas Dirube won his No. 5 singles match Saturday vs. Yale.

Feb. 9, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ---- After winning the doubles point, the UAB men's tennis team dropped four of six singles matches to Yale Saturday as the Bulldogs rallied for a 4-3 victory at the Nashboro Village indoor facility.

Zachary Dean's 7-6 (6), 7-5 win over UAB's Luiz Felipe Pinto at No. 6 proved to be the clincher as the two teams had played evenly up until the deciding match.

The Blazers (2-6) grabbed a 1-0 lead with wins at No. 1 and 3 doubles. Tom Puetz and David Zimmerman downed Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers by an 8-6 score at No. 1 spot while Pinto and Rafael Rondino teamed at No. 3 to defeated Dean Matt Saiontz, 8-4.

The No. 2 match between UAB's Lucas Dirube and Chris Helliar and the Yale tandem of Patrick Chase and John Huang was not completed.

The Bulldogs (4-0) won at the top three singles positions. Huang defeated UAB's Zimmerman at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-3, while Powers was a 7-6 (4), 6-4 winner at No. 2 singles over Puetz.

Yale also got a win at the No. 3 singles position as Hoffman got past Rondino, 6-3, 6-3.

The Blazers posted their only two singles wins at the No. 4 and 5 spots. Helliar downed Jason Brown, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 4 with Dirube beating Zachary Krumholz, 7-5, 6-2, at the No. 5 spot.

UAB has now lost five consecutive matches, four of those to ranked teams. The Blazers' next match will be Friday when they play host to Samford in a 3:00 p.m. match.

Yale 4, UAB 3

No. 1 - Tom Puetz/David Zimmerman (UAB) def. Daniel Hoffman/Marc Powers (Yale) 8-6
No. 2 - Lucas Dirube/Chris Helliar (UAB) vs. Patrick Chase/John Huang (Yale) Unf.
No. 3 - Luiz Felipe Pinto/Rafael Rondino (UAB) def. Zachary Dean/Matt Saiontz (Yale) 8-4



No. 1 - John Huang (Yale) def. David Zimmerman (UAB) 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 - Marc Powers (Yale) def. Tom Puetz (UAB) 7-6 (4), 6-4
No. 3 - Daniel Hoffman (Yale) def. Rafael Rondino (UAB) 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 - Chris Helliar (UAB) def. Jason Brown (Yale) 7-5, 6-3
No. 5 - Lucas Dirube (UAB) def. Zachary Krumholz (Yale) 7-5, 6-2
No. 6 - Zachary Dean (Yale) def. Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) 7-6 (6), 7-5

Records: UAB 2-6, Yale 4-0