Blazers Have Successful First Day At Samford Invite

UABSPORTS.COM Lucas Dirube won in both singles and doubles Friday at the Samford Fall Invite.
Lucas Dirube won in both singles and doubles Friday at the Samford Fall Invite.

Oct. 18, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB men's tennis team won six matches on the first day of play Friday at the Samford Fall Invite.

The Blazers, who are playing the three-day event without their top two players Chris Helliar and Rafael Rondino, won five times in singles and a doubles match.

UAB, host Samford and Jacksonville State are playing in the tournament at the Samford Tennis Center.

The format in the event consists of flighted round-robin singles and doubles brackets with the No. 1 and No. 2 singles players in one draw, the No. 3 and 4 players in a second draw and the No. 5 and 6 players in a third draw. There will also be two doubles flights.

Mitchell Martell, Lucas Dirube and Luiz Felipe Pinto were winners in Flights No. 1 and No. 2. Matthew Hill and Charles McCombs were Blazers to win in the No. 3 and No. 4 Flights.

Martell downed Jacksonville State's Dylan Gee, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, Dirube outlasted JSU's Mathias Chaim, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 while Pinto eased past the Gamecocks' Diaz, 6-1, 6-0. UAB's Donovan McSeveney lost a tight 7-5, 7-6 decision to Jacksonville State's Pedro Wagner.

Hill took care of JSU's Felipe Wenzel, 7-6, 6-2, and McCombs rallied to defeat the Gamecocks' Joshua Bourke, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, in the No. 3 and No. 4 Flights.

In the No 1 doubles flight, McSeveney and Martell fell to Samford's Elliot Barnwell and Trey Carter, 8-4. In No. 2 doubles flight action, Dirube and Pinto defeated Austin Akers and Fares Kilani, 8-4.



Friday, Oct. 18 Results

FLIGHTS #1 and #2
Pedro Wagner (JSU) def. Donovan McSeveney (UAB) 7-5, 7-6
Mitchell Martell (UAB) def. Dylan Gee (JSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
Lucas Dirube (UAB) def. Mathias Chaim (JSU) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) def. Felipe Diaz (JSU) 6-1, 6-0

FLIGHTS #3 and #4
Jaryd Reese (JSU) def. Nick Iannuzzi (UAB) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Matthew Hill (UAB) def. Felipe Wenzel (JSU) 7-6, 6-2
Charles McCombs (UAB) def. Joshua Bourke (JSU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

Elliot Barnwell/Trey Carter (Samford) def. Donovan McSeveney/Mitchell Martell (UAB) 8-4

Lucas Dirube/Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) def. Austin Akers/Fares Kilani (Samford) 8-4