Newcomers Bolster Men's Tennis to Sweep of Hartford, Boston U.
The UMBC men's tennis team improved to 4-1 on the season with a pair of victories over America East foes this weekend. The Retrievers blanked Hartford, 7-0, and edged Boston U., 5-2, in road matches this weekend.
UMBC has won four consecutive matches.
"The men did a nice job this weekend and fought back under difficult playing conditions in Boston to secure the win," head coach Rob Hubbard said. "The doubles play was a strength this time out as we won all doubles matches vs. our two opponents."
Freshmen Daniel Gray (Bowie, Md./The Bulls School) and Kamal Patel (Germantwown, Md./Seneca Valley) had an outstanding weekends, with newcomer each claiming four victories. Against Hartford, Gray teamed with senior Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz.) at No. 1 doubles and led off with a 8-3 victory as the Retrievers swept the doubles matches.
In singles action, he defeated Alex Holdstein of Hartford, 6-1, 7-5, at the No. 5 position.
Patel partnered with junior Gaulthier Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France) and won, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles on Saturday. He then cruised by Edgardo Ureta, 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 6 singles slot.
The Retrievers captured all six singles matches vs. the Hawks, with No. 2 Cristian Hodel (Calarasi, Romania) and No. 4 Juan Manuel Aranzazu () both prevailing in three sets.
UMBC came out strong in doubles vs. the Terriers, as all three teams won tightly-contested matches.
Three of the six singles matches went the distance and UMBC won two of those three. Berret and Patel won in straight sets at the Nos. 3 and 6 positions respectively. Aranzazu shook off a tough second set and a match point against in the third to capture a long match, 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 (2) in a tie-breaker over No. 4 Emilio Teran, while Gray dropped a first-set tie-breaker, but prevailed, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 10-7 over Alex Hallenbach.
Patel won the fourth and deciding point for UMBC, while Berret also went 4-0 in matches at No. 3 doubles and singles.
"The freshmen really stepped up in bringing home the victory against Boston with Juan Manuel saving match point to come back and win, Daniel coming from behind to win, and Kamal flat out rolling over his opponent."
UMBC travels to Old Dominion to take on a tough Monarchs' squad on Saturday.