Norfolk, Va. – The UMBC men's tennis and host Old Dominion split six singles matches, but the Monarchs captured the doubles point and squeezed out a 4-3 victory over the Retrievers at Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
Old Dominion improved to 5-1 on the season, while the narrow loss dropped UMBC to 2-2.
ODU took the No. 2 double match to open the proceedings, but UMBC's No. 1 tandem of sophomores Justin Carter (Randallstown, Md./National Connections Acad.) and Melker Svard (Gothenburg, Sweden) continued their outstanding play with a 6-4 victory. UMBC junior Kamal Patel (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) and sophomore Eliott Loubatie (Paris, France) battled the Monarch No. 3 duo, but came up just short, 6-4.
The Retrievers would tie the match at 2-2, as Svard won a long battle with Dante Terenzio 2-6, 6-2, 6-5(7-5) at No. 2 singles and Patel outlasted Darragh Glavin, 6-5, 6-4 at the No. 6 position. UMBC fell behind, 3-2, dropping the No. 1 single match, but Loubatie got out to a one-set lead at the No. 4 slot. However, ODU's Jonas Kuwert rallied to edge his UMBC foe, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to clinch the match.
UMBC junior Daniel Gray (Bowie, Md./The Bullis School) rallied to win at No. 5 singles, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to finalize the scoring.
The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 8 when they travel to University Park, Pa. to take on Penn State.
Final Score: Old Dominion 4, UMBC 3
Justin Carter/Melker Svard (UMBC) d. Jonas Kuwert/Koen Wiggemans (ODU) 6-4
Carlos Lopez-Villa/Darragh Glavin (ODU) d. Alex Drean/Daniel Gray (UMBC) 6-3
Dante Terenzio/Zvominir Podvinski (ODU) d. Eliott Loubatie/Kamal Patel (UMBC) 6-4
Carlos Lopez-Villa (ODU) d. Justin Carter (UMBC) 6-0, 6-5(7-4)
Melker Svard (UMBC) d. Dante Terenzio (ODU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-5(7-5)
Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU) d. Alex Drean (UMBC) 6-2, 6-1
Eliott Loubatie (UMBC) lost to Jonas Kuwert (ODU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Daniel Gray (UMBC) d. Koen Wiggemans (ODU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Kamal Patel (UMBC) d. Darragh Glavin (ODU) 6-5, 6-4