March 23, 2014
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ---- The UAB men's tennis team made it two wins in as many days Sunday with a 6-0 win over Bethune-Cookman as the Blazers continued their three-match, spring break road trip.
Sunday's match against the Wildcats was never in doubt as UAB (8-6) swept doubles play before winning at five singles positions. The final match at No. 6 was suspended in the second set.
The Blazers, who wrap up the trip to Florida on Tuesday with a match at Stetson, lost only 10 games in the five matches they won in singles against Bethune-Cookman (4-15).
In doubles play, Chris Helliar and Mitchell Martell teamed for an 8-1 win at No. 1 over the Wildcats' Greg Almeida and Gilbert Rotich. At No. 2, UAB's Lucas Dirube were 8-5 winners over the B-C duo of Walid Gtari and Alvaro Barrera with Rafael Rondino and Luiz Felipe Pinto taking an 8-4 decision at No. 3 over Diego Garavito and Santiago Lobelo.
Leading 1-0, the Blazers then made quick work of the the Wildcats in singles. Stepan Vancurik shut out his opponent at No. 4 singles, Pablo Lopez, 6-0, 6-0. Martell downed Barrera at No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-1, while Rondino cruised past Lobelo at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-0.
Helliar, ranked No. 72 nationally in singles, defeated Gtari at the No. 1 spot, 6-2, 6-1. McSeveney won by a 6-3, 6-2 score at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-2.
The match at No. 6 singles between Blazers' freshman Matthew Hill and Garavito was late in the second set with Garavito leading 6-4, 5-5 at the time it was suspended.
UAB 6, Bethune-Cookman 0
No. 1 - Chris Helliar/Mitchell Martell (UAB) def. Greg Almeida/Gilbert Rotich (B-C) 8-1
No. 2 - Lucas Dirube/Donovan McSeveney (UAB) def. Walid Gtari/Alvaro Barrera (B-C) 8-5
No. 3 - Rafael Rondino/Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) def. Diego Garavito/Santiago Lobelo (B-C) 8-4
No. 1 - Chris Helliar (UAB) def. Walid Gtari (B-C) 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 - Rafael Rondino (UAB) def. Santiago Lobelo (B-C) 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 - Donovan McSeveney (UAB) def. Gilbert Rotich (B-C) 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 - Stepan Vancurik (UAB) def. Pablo Lopez (B-C) 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 - Mitchell Martell (UAB) def. Alvaro Barrera (B-C) 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 - Diego Garavito (B-C) vs. Matthew Hill (UAB) 6-4, 5-5, unfinished
Records: UAB 8-6, Bethune-Cookman 4-15