Blazers Rally For 4-3 Win Over Southern Miss

UABSPORTS.COM Lucas Dirube gave UAB the clinching fourth point Friday.
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Lucas Dirube gave UAB the clinching fourth point Friday.
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March 8, 2013

Final Stats

HATTIESBURG, Miss. ----- The UAB men's tennis team stormed back from a 3-0 deficit with four straight singles wins to take a 4-3 victory Friday over Conference USA foe Southern Miss.

The win was the eighth in a row for the Blazers (10-6, 1-0 C-USA) who now travel two hours south to New Orleans to take on another league opponent, Tulane, Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Southern Miss fell to 10-5 with the loss and 0-2 in conference play.

It appeared UAB's win streak was in jeopardy after the Golden Eagles won the doubles point and then took wins at No. 5 and 2 singles to take a 3-0 lead.

The Blazers were first to claim a victory in doubles with an 8-4 win by Luiz Felipe Pinto and Rafael Rondino at No. 3 over Paula Alvarado and Juan Escobar. But the Golden Eagles won at No. 1 and 2 to take the doubles point and a 1-0 lead. Andrew Goodwin and Matt Frost were 8-5 winners at No. 1 doubles over Tom Puetz and David Zimmerman while Benjamin Feldmann and Vasco Valverde claimed the No. 2 doubles match over Lucas Dirube and Chris Helliar by the same score.

Valverde made it 2-0 USM with his 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles over Pinto before Goodwin tookl a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Puetz at No. 2.

But then it was all UAB. Helliar won his ninth consecutive singles match with a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 4 over Alvarado to put the Blazers on the board. Helliar improved his singles record in duals to 12-4 with the win. Zimmerman then captured a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 over the Golden Eagles' Frost. Zimmerman has won eight matches in a row.

 

 

Rondino tied the score at 3-3 with hard-fought 7-5, 6-4 decision at No. 3 singles over Feldmann, setting up the decisive match at No. 6 where Dirube sealed the win with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Southern Miss' Inaki Belloso.

UAB 4, Southern Miss 3

Singles
No. 1 - David Zimmerman (UAB) def. Matt Frost (USM) 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 - Andrew Goodwin (USM) def. Tom Puetz (UAB) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 - Rafael Rondino (UAB) def. Benjamin Feldmann (USM) 7-5, 6-4
No. 4 - Chris Helliar (UAB) def. Paulo Alvarado (USM) 6-4, 6-0
No. 5 - Vasco Valverde (USM) def. Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 - Lucas Dirube (UAB) def. Inaki Belloso (USM) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles
No. 1 - Andrew Goodwin/Matt Frost (USM) def. Tom Puetz/David Zimmerman (UAB) 8-5
No. 2 - Benjamin Feldmann/Vasco Valverde (USM) def. Lucas Dirube/Chris Helliar (UAB) 8-5
No. 3 - Luiz Felipe Pinto/Rafael Rondino (UAB) def. Paulo Alvarado/Juan Escobar (USM) 8-4

Records: UAB 10-6, 1-0; Southern Miss 10-5, 0-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,2,4,1,3,6)