Men's Tennis Defeats Southern Miss, 5-2

Luiz Felipe Pinto picked up one of UAB's four singles wins on Tuesday.

March 4, 2014

Final Stats

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- UAB's men's tennis team won the doubles point and then claimed four of six singles matches as the Blazers defeated visiting Southern Miss, 5-2, Tuesday afternoon at the Lakeshore Tennis Center.

UAB (5-5, 3-1 Conference USA) captured the doubles point for the eighth time in 10 dual matches this season as it got back in the win column after a pair of losses two weekends ago in Atlanta (to Georgia State and Nebraska).

The Blazers grabbed a 1-0 lead on the strength of wins at No. 2 and 3 doubles. Chris Helliar and Mitchell Martell were 8-2 winners at No. 2 over the USM duo of Alex Doleac and Chao-Yu Huang while Luiz Felipe Pinto and Rafael Rondino defeated Brad Marriott and Grigory Trotsenko, 8-3, at the No. 3 position.

The No. 1 match with UAB's Lucas Dirube and Donovan McSeveney going against Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar was halted once the doubles point was clinched by the Blazers. Southern Miss was up 6-5 at the time the match was suspended.

In singles, Helliar improved to 21-6 on the year with a 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles over Southern Miss' Alvarado. At No. 2, Rafael Rondino downed the Golden Eagles' Alex Doleac, 6-2, 6-3.

UAB picked up its other two singles wins at No. 4 as McSeveney defeated Marriott, 6-2, 6-3, and at No. 6 as Pinto took a 6-3, 6-0 win over Grigory Trotsenko.

Southern Miss (6-7, 0-1 C-USA) notched its two wins in the match with a 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3 by Chao-Yu over Dirube and at the No. 5 spot as Escobar edged the Blazers' Stepan Vancurik, 7-5, 6-4.



UAB will be back in action Sunday when the Blazers play host to Belmont in a 1:00 p.m. CT match at the Lakeshore Tennis Center.

UAB 5, Southern Miss 2
March 4, 2014
Lakeshore Tennis Center - Birmingham, Ala.

UAB 5, Southern Miss 2

No. 1 - Lucas Dirube/Donovan McSeveney (UAB) vs. Paulo Alvarado/Juan Escobar (USM) 5-6, unfinished
No. 2 - Chris Helliar/Mitchell Martell (UAB) def. Alex Doleac/Chao-Yu Huang (USM) 8-2
No. 3 - Luiz Felipe Pinto/Rafael Rondino (UAB) vs. Brad Marriott/Grigory Trotsenko (USM) 8-3

No. 1 - Chris Helliar (UAB) def. Paulo Alvarado (USM) 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 - Rafael Rondino (UAB) def. Alex Doleac (USM) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 - Chao-Yu Huang (USM) def. Lucas Dirube (UAB) 6-4, 6-3
No. 4 - Donovan McSeveney (UAB) def. Brad Marriott (USM) 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 - Juan Escobar (USM) def. Stepan Vancurik (UAB) 7-5, 6-4
No. 6 - Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) def. Grigory Trotsenko (USM) 6-3, 6-0

Records: UAB 5-5, Southern Miss 6-7