April 11, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The UAB men's tennis team dropped its second match in as many days here Wednesday as the Blazers fell to visiting Alabama, 4-0, at George Ward Park.
UAB (16-6), ranked No. 65 in the country, lost the doubles point in a tightly-contested competition with the 48th-ranked Crimson Tide (9-13) winning the deciding match in a tie-breaker at the No. 1 spot.
The teams split at No. 2 and 3 doubles with the Blazers winning at No. 2 and the Tide at No. 3.
Alabama's Jarryd Botha and Ricky Doverspike, ranked No. 34 nationally, gave their team a 1-0 lead heading to singles as they edged past UAB's Tom Puetz and David Zimmerman, 9-8 (7-4).
Danny Manlow and Daniel Moser were the first to finish in doubles as they took an 8-4 win over the Tide's Vikram Reddy and Carlos Taborga at No. 2. Filippos Tsangaridis and David Vieyra quickly evened the score with an 8-3 victory over Lucas Dirube and Chris Helliar at No. 3 doubles.
Vieyra gave Alabama a 2-0 advantage with his 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 5 singles over Puetz. Doverspike took care of Manlow, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 1 before Michael Thompson clinched the match for the Crimson Tide with a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles over UAB's James Gardner.
The matches at No. 2, 3 and 4 singles were all suspended in progress once Alabama captured its fourth point.
The Blazers will be back in action on Friday when they play host to No. 59 South Alabama at 4:00 p.m. at George Ward Park.
No. 48 Alabama 4, No. 65 UAB 0
No. 1 - Jarryd Botha/Ricky Doverspike (UA) def. Tom Puetz/David Zimmerman (UAB) 9-8 (7-4)
No. 2 - Danny Manlow/Daniel Moser (UAB) def. Vikram Reddy/Carlos Taborga (UA) 8-4
No. 3 - Filippos Tsangaridis/David Vieyra (UA) def. Lucas Dirube/Chris Helliar (UAB) 8-3
No. 1 - Ricky Doverspike (UA) def. Danny Manlow (UAB) 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 - David Zimmerman (UAB) vs. Jarryd Botha (UA) 4-6, 6-3, unfinished
No. 3 - Chris Helliar (UAB) vs. Daniil Proskura (UA) 2-6, 4-5, unfinished
No. 4 - Daniel Moser (UAB) vs. Vikram Reddy (UA) 2-6, 3-4, unfinished
No. 5 - David Vieyra (UA) def. Tom Puetz (UAB) 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 - Michael Thompson (UA) def. James Gardner (UAB) 6-4, 6-1
Records: UAB 16-6, Alabama 9-13