UAB Men's Tennis Blanks Belmont, 7-0

Donovan McSeveney won his match at No. 3 singles Sunday.

March 9, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB men's tennis team captured the doubles point for the ninth time in 11 matches this season and then swept through singles as the Blazers posted a 7-0 victory over Belmont Sunday at the Lakeshore Tennis Center.

The Blazers (6-5) won for the second time this week after beating Conference USA foe Southern Miss last Tuesday, 5-2.

UAB was in control of Sunday's match against the Bruins (2-8) from the start. The Blazers claimed wins at No. 2 and 3 doubles to take a 1-0 lead into singles play.

Chris Helliar and Mitchell Martell shut out the Belmont tandem of Cedric Dujacquier and Martijn Verberne, 8-0, at No. 2 before Luiz Felipe Pinto and Rafael Rondino downed the Bruins' Henrik Claesson and Hans Nardelli, 8-4.

Belmont salvaged a win at No. 1 doubles as Mauricio Antun and Marko Lovrinovic got past UAB's team of Lucas Dirube and Donovan McSeveney, 8-5.

The Blazers quickly closed out the match with their wins at No. 6, 4 and 3 singles. UAB yielded only five games in those three matches as the Blazers took a 4-0 advantage to secure the victory.

Martell was the first Blazer to finish as he put away Belmont's Nardelli, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 6 singles. Stepan Vancurik was a 6-2, 6-0 winner at No. 4 over Verberne while McSeveney won by a 6-1, 6-1 score at No. 3 singles over the Bruins' Dujacquier.

Pinto then extended UAB's lead to 5-0 as he won in straight sets at No. 5 over Claesson, 6-4, 6-4. Rondino gave the Blazers their sixth win as he defeated Lovrinovic, 6-3, 7-6.



UAB's Helliar, ranked No. 69 nationally in singles, capped off the second shutout of the season for the Blazers as he rallied past Mauricio Antun at No. 1 with a 6-7, 6-1, 1-0 (10-1) victory.

UAB will be back in action on Friday, March 14 when the Blazers play host to Louisiana-Lafayette in a 1:30 p.m. match at the Lakeshore Tennis Center.

UAB 7, Belmont 0
March 9, 2014
Lakeshore Tennis Center - Birmingham, Ala.

No. 1 - Mauricio Antun/Marko Lovrinovic (Bel) def. Lucas Dirube/Donovan McSeveney (UAB) 8-5
No. 2 - Chris Helliar/Mitchell Martell (UAB) def. Cedric Dujacquier/Martijn Verberne (Bel) 8-0
No. 3 - Luiz Felipe Pinto/Rafael Rondino (UAB) def. Henrik Claesson/Hans Nardelli (Bel) 8-4

No. 1 - No. 69 Chris Helliar (UAB) def. Mauricio Antun (Bel) 6-7 (4), 6-1, 1-0 (10-1)
No. 2 - Rafael Rondino (UAB) def. Marko Lovrinovic (Bel) 6-3, 7-6 (6)
No. 3 - Donovan McSeveney (UAB) def. Cedric Dujacquier (Bel) 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 - Stepan Vancurik (UAB) def. Martijn Verberne (Bel) 6-2, 6-0
No. 5 - Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) def. Henrik Claesson (Bel) 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 - Mitchell Martell (UAB) def. Hans Nardelli (Bel) 6-0, 6-1

Records: UAB 6-5, Belmont 2-8