Nov. 2, 2012
Helliar advanced in his flight with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Tulane's Alex Van Cott while Rondino moved into Saturday's second round with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over South Alabama's Alex Bernard.
Blazer senior David Zimmerman fell in his opening day match, losing to the nation's No. 59-ranked player, Daniel Proskura of Alabama, 6-4, 6-2. Meanwhile, UAB's Korhan Ates was outlasted in his singles match by Auburn's Michael Wardell, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.
In doubles play, the UAB duo of Ates and Rondino got past Furman's Jacob Behal and Richard Cassagrande, 8-4, before losing the Alabama team of Proskura and David Vieyra, 8-3.
The Blazers' tandem of Helliar and Zimmerman dropped an 8-1 decision to Auburn's Andreas Mies and Lukas Ollert but bounced back to claim an 8-4 win over the Furman team of Joel Cook and Tyler Droll.
Play continues Saturday at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.