Helliar, Rondino Win But UAB Falls To Ragin' Cajuns

Rafael Rondino was a straight sets winner at No. 2 singles Friday.

March 14, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- UAB's men's tennis team claimed wins at the top two positions in the singles lineup, but it was No. 62-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette that prevailed over the Blazers in men's tennis action Friday, 5-2, at the Lakeshore Tennis Center.

Chris Helliar was a winner at No. 1 singles as he defeated ULL's Jake Wynan 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (3), while Rafael Rondino defeated the Ragin' Cajuns' Edgar Lopez at No. 2, 6-1, 7-5.

Those two matches accounted for the Blazers' (6-6) only points for the day as Louisiana-Lafayette captured the doubles point and added victories at No. 3-6 singles. For UAB, it was only the third time in 12 matches this season that the Blazers have failed to win the doubles point.

The Ragin' Cajuns (11-4) grabbed a 1-0 on the strength of wins at No. 2 and 3 doubles. Hunter Johnson and Yates Johnson downed UAB's Lucas Dirube and Donovan McSeveney, 8-4, at No. 2 while Lopez and Damian Farinola got past Rondino and Luiz Felipe Pinto, 8-5, at the No. 3 spot.

Helliar and Mitchell Martell gained a win at No. 1 doubles for the Blazers, edging Wynan and Rick de Groot, 8-7 (3).

The Blazers' best shot in the singles matches they lost was at No. 4 where McSeveney dropped a tight three-setter to Farinola, 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (7).

Louisiana-Lafayette won at No. 3 as de Groot defeated UAB's Dirube, 6-4, 6-3. Hunter Johnson was a 6-1, 6-3 winner at No. 5 over Pinto and Carl Alberton beat Martell, 6-1, 6-3.

The Blazers will be back in action on Saturday, March 22 for the first of three matches on a trip to the State of Florida. UAB faces Florida Gulf Coast on March 22, then takes on Bethune-Cookman a day later before closing out the trip with a match at Stetson on March 25.



No. 62 Louisiana-Lafayette 5, UAB 2

No. 1 - Chris Helliar/Mitchell Martell (UAB) def. Rick de Groot/JakeWynan (ULL) 8-7 (3)
No. 2 - Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (ULL) def. Lucas Dirube/Donovan McSeveney (UAB) 8-4
No. 3 - Edgar Lopez/Damian Farinola (ULL) def. Luiz Felipe Pinto/Rafael Rondino (UAB) 8-5

No. 1 - Chris Helliar (UAB) def. Jake Wynan (ULL) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (3)
No. 2 - Rafael Rondino (UAB) def. Edgar Lopez (ULL) 6-1, 7-5
No. 3 - Rick de Groot (ULL) def. Lucas Dirube (UAB) 6-4, 6-3
No. 4 - Damian Farinola (ULL) def. Donovan McSeveney (UAB) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (7)
No. 5 - Hunter Johnson (ULL) def. Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 - Carl Alberton (ULL) def. Mitchell Martell (UAB) 6-1, 6-3

Records: Louisiana Lafayette 11-4, UAB 6-6