Loubatie Triumphs in Singles and Doubles, Keys Men's Tennis' 4-3 Victory Over Georgetown

BALTIMORE – Sophomore Eliott Loubatie (Paris, France) won clinching points in both singles and doubles, leading host UMBC to a 4-3 victory over Georgetown at the Retriever Tennis Complex.

Sophomores Justin Carter (Randallstown, Md./National Connections Academy) and Melker Svard (Gothenburg, Sweden) continued their outstanding play with wins at the top of the singles ladder.

The Retrievers have won two of the last three and improved to 11-8 on the campaign, while the Hoyas slipped to 7-10.

Loubatie combined with junior Kamal Patel (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) to win the deciding match in doubles, triumphing, 8-5, over Hoyas' Jordan Portner and Max Novak.

Georgetown evened the match with a victory at No. 3 singles, but Svard recaptured the lead for the Retrievers, defeating Shane Korber, 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 2 position.  The Swede served for the match at 5-3 and was broken, but broke right back to secure the match.

Carter dropped the first set at the No. 1 position, but rallied furiously to overwhelm Daniel Khanin, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.

With UMBC leading, 3-1 the  4-5-6 matches all took the court and all were hotly-contested matches.  Loubatie looked to be in control, taking the first set from John Murphy, 6-1. But Murphy evened the score with a 6-1 second set victory. Loubatie was able to regroup and bolt to a 5-0 third set lead before holding on for a 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 triumph.

"It was big for us to win the doubles point today and Melker, Justin and Eliott all came through really strong in the singles," said head coach Rob Hubbard. "The guys have really been competing well."

The Retrievers have a busy weekend, traveling to America East foe Binghamton for a Saturday contest before competing at the Retriever Tennis Complex for the final time in 2014 when they welcome Coppin State on Sunday afternoon.

Doubles

1 Alex Tropiano/Shane Korber, G ,def. Justin Carter/Melker Svard, UMBC, 8-6

2 Alex Drean/Daniel Gray, UMBC def. Daniel Khanin/Casey Distaso, G, 8-3

3 Eliott Loubatie/Kamal Patel, UMBC def. Jordan Portner/Max Novak, G ,8-5

Singles

1 Carter def. Khanin, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0

2 Svard def. Korber, 6-4, 6-4

3 Tropiano def. Drean, 6-4, 6-3

4 Loubatie def. John Murphy, G, 6-1, 1-6, 6-2

5 Distaso def. Gray, 6-2, 7-5

6 John Brosens, G, def. Patel, 6-7 (6), 6-2, 10-8