UAB Men's Tennis Team Edged By Samford, 4-3

March 5, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The UAB men's tennis team dropped a tight 4-3 decision to Samford on the Bulldogs' home courts in a marathon match that ended around midnight Friday.

Tied at 3-3, Samford (7-1) was able to clinch the victory and win its seventh consecutive match at home when Fernando Costa won a three-setter at No. 5 singles over Blazer freshman Chris Helliar, 7-6, 1-6, 6-2.

The match at No. 5 was one of four in singles that was extended to a third set.

The doubles point turned out to be pivotal and it was the Bulldogs that won at two of three positions to take a 1-0 lead into singles play.

Carl Abalos and Oliver Reynolds were winners at No. 1 doubles over UAB's Tom Puetz and David Zimmerman, 8-2. The Bulldogs also claimed a win at No. 2 as Zac Dunkle and Alexander Sajonz got past Helliar and Danny Manlow, 8-5.

The Blazers (3-4) took the No. 3 doubles match as Lucas Dirube and Daniel Moser defeated Costa and Carson Kadi, 8-3.

Heading to singles, the Blazers needed wins at four of six positions to pull off the win. Instead, UAB was able to capture victories at three spots.

Zimmerman, Manlow and Moser were singles winners for the Blazers. Zimmerman rallied to win in three sets over Kadi at No. 1, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3. At the No. 3 position Manlow also took a three-set win as he outlasted Abalos at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

Moser won his fourth straight singles match for the Blazers as he claimed the most lopsided match of the night, winning 6-3, 6-0 over Reynolds at the No. 4 position.

At No. 2 singles, Samford's Dunkle won a tight 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 decision over UAB freshman Dirube. Sajonz provided the other Bulldog singles win with his 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 6 singles over the Blazers' 6-4, 6-4.



UAB will be in action again on Wednesday, March 9 when the Blazers play host to Jacksonville State at the Lakeshore Tennis Center. The match is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. CT.

Samford 4, UAB 3

No. 1 - Carl Abalos/Oliver Reynolds (SAM) def. Tom Puetz/David Zimmerman (UAB) 8-2
No. 2 - Zac Dunkle/Alexander Sajonz (SAM) def. Chris Helliar/Danny Manlow (UAB) 8-5
No. 3 - Lucas Dirube/Daniel Moser (UAB) def. Fernando Costa/Carson Kadi (SAM) 8-3

No. 1 - David Zimmerman (UAB) def. Carson Kadi (SAM) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
No. 2 - Zac Dunkle (SAM) def. Lucas Dirube (UAB) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
No. 3 - Danny Manlow (UAB) def. Carl Abalos (SAM) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
No. 4 - Daniel Moser (UAB) def. Oliver Reynolds (SAM) 6-3, 6-0
**No. 5 - Fernando Costa (SAM) def. Chris Helliar (UAB) 7-6, 1-6, 6-2
No. 6 - Alexander Sajonz (SAM) def. Tom Puetz (UAB) 6-4, 6-4

** Clinching Match

Records: UAB 3-4; Samford 7-1