Men's Tennis Defeats Southern Miss, 5-2

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