The men's tennis team split a pair of home matches over the weekend, blanking Drexel, 7-0, on Feb. 23, before dropping a tough 5-2 decision vs. Richmond the following day. Both matches were played indoors at Twin Lakes RC.
UMBC did not drop a set in the victory over the Dragons. The No. 2 and 3 doubles matches were tightly contested, but the Retrievers prevailed, 8-6, in each contest. Senior Gaulthier Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France) combined with freshman Justin Carter (Randallstown, Md.) to post a convincing 8-3 triumph at the No. 1 position.
Carter continued his strong play, defeating Badr Ouabdelmoumen, 6-4, 7-5, at the No. 1 singles match. Berret overwhelmed Dan Koehler, 6-1, 6-0, at the No. 4 slot, leading the Retrievers to the sweep of the six singles matches.
Carter and Berret got UMBC off to a solid start in doubles vs. Richmond as they prevailed, 8-6 at the No. 1 slot. The doubles point came down to the No. 3 position, but Alex Drean (Bayonne, France) and Daniel Gray (Bowie, Md./The Bullis School) fell by the slimmest of margins, 8-7 (5).
Berret completed his 4-0 weekend by defeating Sebastien Fauchet, 6-4, 6-1. Freshman Eliott Loubatie (Paris, France) also captured a victory over Aaron Wicker, 6-1, 6-4.
The Retrievers (2-4) travel to Philadelphia for matches at St. Joseph's (March 1) and Penn (March 2) this weekend.