Philadelphia, Pa.- The UMBC men's tennis team split a pair of matches in "The City of Brotherly Love" this weekend, defeating St. Joseph's, 5-1, on Friday, before dropping a 6-1 decision to Penn at the Levy Tennis Pavilion on Saturday.
The Retrievers and Hawks only competed in singles action on Friday. UMBC took five of the six matches, including three in straight sets. In the lone three-set match, freshman Justin Carter (Randallstown, Md./National Connections Academy) prevailed, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 at the No. 1 singles position. Freshman Elliot Loubatie (Paris, France) triumphed, 6-4, 4-6, (10-8) at the No. 6 slot.
Freshman Melker Svard (Gothenburg, Sweden) and sophomore Kamal Patel (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) dropped only three total games in their victories at Nos. 2 and 5 respectively, winning by identical 6-1, 6-2 scores.
Senior Gaulthier Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France) continued his winning ways with a 6-3, 6-3 victory at the No. 4 position.
Carter was the lone winner against the Quakers, dominating Jeremy Court, 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 1 singles position.
Berret and Loubatie dropped tight decisions, with the former falling, 6-4, 7-5, to Zach Katz at the No. 4 slot, while Loubatie lost, 6-4, 7-6, to Sylvester Wee.
UMBC is now 3-5 on the season and will be off until hosting Navy on Sat., March 9 at noon.