Men's Tennis Outlasts No. 73 Tulane, 4-3

UABSPORTS.COM Donovan McSeveney battled off several match points to win at No. 5 singles.
Donovan McSeveney battled off several match points to win at No. 5 singles.

Feb. 15, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- Senior Chris Helliar won a third-set tie-breaker in his No. 2 singles match to lift the UAB men's tennis team a 4-3 victory over No. 73 Tulane Saturday at the Lakeshore Tennis Center.

Helliar, who improved his singles record on the year to 19-4 and is No. 86 in the ITA Rankings, rallied after losing the first set to down the Green Wave's Sebastian Rey, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Helliar's comeback win gave the Blazers the victory and evened the team's record at 3-3 on the season.

Tulane saw its record drop to 5-2.

UAB, which will play host to UTSA on Sunday at 11 a.m., won the doubles point against the Green Wave to take a 1-0 lead. Helliar teamed with Mitchell Martell at No. 2 doubles to defeat Rey and Alex Van Cott, 8-6.

Earlier, Rafael Rondino and No. 3 partner Luiz Felipe Pinto took an 8-3 win over Tulane's Takuma Ohashi and Ian Van Cott.

The Green Wave won the match at No. 1 doubles as Jao Chi-Shan and Dominik Koepfer were 8-4 winners over UAB's tandem of Donovan McSeveney and Lucas Dirube.

Helliar's clutch win at No. 2 singles wasn't the only highlight in Saturday's win for the Blazers. McSeveney was down match points at No. 5 singles before coming back to win 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 over Alex Van Cott while UAB's Stepan Vancurik, playing his first collegiate match, won in straight sets at No. 3 over Takuma Ohashi, 6-4, 7-5.

Koepfer provided a win for Tulane at No. 1 singles as he defeated Rondino, 7-5, 6-3. Jao won 6-1, 6-1 over Dirube at No. 4 singles while Ian Van Cott came back to defeat the Blazers' Pinto at the No. 6 position, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.



UAB was playing its third ranked opponent of the season.

UAB 4, No. 73 Tulane 3

No. 1 - Jao Chi-Shan/Dominik Koepfer (Tul) def. Donovan McSeveney/Lucas Dirube (UAB) 8-4
No. 2 - Chris Helliar/Mitchell Martell (UAB) def. Sebastian Rey/Alex Van Cott (Tul) 8-6
No. 3 - Rafael Rondino/Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) def. Takuma Ohashi/Ian Van Cott (Tul) 8-3

No. 1 - Dominik Koepfer (Tul) def. Rafael Rondino (UAB) 7-5, 6-3
No. 2 - Chris Helliar def. Sebastian Rey (Tul) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4)
No. 3 - Stepan Vancurik (UAB) def. Takuma Ohashi (Tul) 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 - Jao Chi-Shan (Tul) def. Lucas Dirube (UAB) 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 - Donovan McSeveney (UAB) def. Alex Van Cott (Tul) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
No. 6 - Ian Van Cott (Tul) def. Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0

Records: UAB 3-3, Tulane 5-2

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