The UMBC men's tennis team split a tennis version of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 26, as the Retrievers dropped a morning match to Ivy League power Penn, 5-2, in the morning in Philadelphia, but blanked St. Joseph's, 6-0, in the evening in Ambler, Pa.
The Penn squad had posted shutouts in its last three matches and improved to 8-0 overall with the hard-fought win over the Retrievers. All three doubles matches were tight, but the hosts prevailed, 8-6, at both the No.1 and No. 3 matches to record the doubles point at the Levy Tennis Pavilion.
UMBC junior Rasid Winklaar (Willemstad, Curacao/Abraham Baldwin College) evened the match at 1-1 as he posted an impressive 6-3, 6-1 victory over Penn's Ivan Turudic at No. 3 singles. But the Quakers captured matches at Nos. 1,6, and 4 singles to clinch the victory. Retriever sophomore Gaulthier Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France) rallied from a set down to take the No. 5 singles match, 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 and give the guests their second point. Junior Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz./North Canyon) won his first set against Phil Law at No. 2 singles, but was edged, 4-6, 7-6, 10-8.
The Retrievers and Hawks played six singles matches only and UMBC would take four of the six in straight sets. Winklaar continued his brilliant play, defeating Tommy Gates, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 singles. Senior Mwali Phili's (Yonkers, N.Y./Tyler JC) triumph was the most decisive of the evening as he defeated Kristian Broaddus, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6 singles.
Adewumi competed at No. 1 singles and captured a three-setter, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 over St. Joseph's Alex Veronis. Berret won his second full length match of the day, winning a 5-7, 6-4, 10-4 decision over Dan Barrus at the No. 5 slot.
The Retrievers are now 6-3 on the campaign and are scheduled to host Navy on campus on Sunday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m.