Oct. 1, 2013
TULSA, Okla. ----- Chris Helliar of the UAB men's tennis team continues to move closer to earning a berth in the main draw of collegiate tennis's premiere fall tournament.
The Blazer senior won his second round singles match in the qualifying draw Tuesday to make it six victories in a row the past four days at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Helliar, who is now 12-0 in two tournaments this fall, defeated Farris Gosea of Illinois, 6-3, 7-5, and now moves on to Wednesday's third round. He will try to keep his streak alive in hopes of reaching Thursday's main draw when he meets Austin Powell, a junior from NC State and a native of Muscle Shoals, Ala. Powell is listed at No. 96 in the ITA's preseason singles rankings.
In doubles, Helliar and Blazer teammate Rafael Rondino won their first round match in the qualifying draw, taking an 8-7 (2) decision over the UMBC duo of Justin Carter and Melker Svard. Later in the day, the Blazer tandem was defeated by Texas A&M's Jeremy Efferding and Jordan Szabo, 8-3.
Rondino was back in action in singles as well Tuesday after falling in three sets Monday in his qualifying draw match. The UAB senior lost a consolation match to Oklahoma's Austin Siegel, 6-4, 6-4.
Helliar's Singles Results
Def. Caison Best (Army) - 6-3, 6-3
Def. Markus Kerner (Tennessee) - 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
Def. Oliver Pramming (South Florida) - 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
Def. Vasili Caripi (Oklahoma State) - 6-0, 6-3
Def. #58 Eric Johnson (USC) - 6-4, 6-4
Def. Farris Gosea (Illinois) - 6-3, 7-5
Plays #96 Austin Powell (NC State), Wed., 12:30 p.m. CT
Rondino's Singles Results
Def. Robert Dudley (Clemson) - 6-1, 7-6 (3)
Def. Joel Rubio (UTSA) - 7-6 (3), 6-3
Def. Konrad Zeiba (Northwestern) - 6-4, 6-1
Def. Sven Lalic (Indiana) - 6-2, 7-5
Qualifying Draw Consolation
Lost to Austin Siegel (Oklahoma) - 6-4, 6-4
Helliar/Rondino Doubles Results
Def. Justin Carter/Melker Svard (UMBC) 8-7 (2)
Lost to Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (Texas A&M) 8-3