Feb. 16, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB men's tennis team captured a Conference USA match for the second consecutive day Sunday and won for the third time in four matches overall, downing visiting UTSA, 4-3, at the Lakeshore Tennis Center.
The Blazers (4-3) were again boosted by winning the doubles point in claiming a 1-0 lead as they headed into singles play.
On Sunday against the Roadrunners (3-4), UAB won at the No. 1 and 3 positions. The Blazers' duo of Chris Helliar and Mitchell Martell defeated Diogo Casa and Yannick Junger, 8-3, at the top spot. Luiz Felipe Pinto and Rafael Rondino were 8-5 winners at No. 3 over Boburion Kamiljunov/Fabian Brand.
UTSA picked up a win at No. 2 as the nation's 16th-ranked doubles team of Joel Rubio and Tomas Stillman beat UAB's Lucas Dirube and Donovan McSeveney, 8-2.
In singles, Helliar, McSeveney and Pinto were the Blazers to claim wins in the match. Helliar, who ran his record on the season to 20-4, won in straight sets at No. 1 over Diogo Casa, 6-4, 6-3.
McSeveney cruised past Kolby Kilgo at No. 5, by a 6-1, 6-0 score and Pinto won at the No. 6 position over UTSA's Eric Buchalter, 6-2, 6-3.
The Roadrunners made it a tight match with victories at the No. 2, 3 and 4 singles positions.
Junger outlasted Rondino in three sets at No. 2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3; Rubio was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Stepan Vancurik at No. 3 singles; and Stillman downed UAB's Martell at No. 4, 6-4, 6-1.
UAB will be in action next weekend as the Blazers travel to Atlanta for dual matches with Georgia State on Friday, Feb. 21 (1 p.m.) and against Nebraska on Saturday, Feb. 22 (1 p.m.).
UAB 4, UTSA 3
Lakeshore Tennis Center - Birmingham, Ala.
No. 1 - Chris Helliar/Mitchell Martell (UAB) def. Diogo Casa/Yannick Junger (UTSA) 8-3
No. 2 - Joel Rubio/Tomas Stillman (UTSA) def. Lucas Dirube/Donovan McSeveney (UAB) 8-2
No. 3 - Rafael Rondino/Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) def. Boburion Kamiljunov/Fabian Brand (UTSA) 8-5
No. 1 - Chris Helliar (UAB) def. Diogo Casa (UTSA) 6-4 6-3
No. 2 - Yannick Junger (UTSA) def. Rafael Rondino (UAB) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
No. 3 - Joel Rubio (UTSA) def. Stepan Vancurik (UAB) 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 - Tomas Stillman (UTSA) Def. Mitchell Martell (UAB) 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 - Donovan McSeveney (UAB) def. Kolby Kilgo (UTSA) 6-1, 6-0
No. 6 - Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) def. Eric Buchalter (UTSA) 6-2, 6-3
Records: UAB 4-3, UTSA 3-4