Men's Tennis Sweeps Matches at Hartford, Fairfield

Men's Tennis Sweeps Matches at Hartford, Fairfield

The UMBC men's tennis team swept a pair of matches in Connecticut this weekend by identical 6-1 scores. The Retrievers defeated conference rival Hartford on Friday and outlasted Fairfield in New Haven on Saturday.

Against the Stags, seniors Melker Svard and Eliott Loubatie, at the No. 1 slot, and Justin Carter and Alex Drean, at the No. 2 position, both won their doubles matches by 6-2 counts to give UMBC the doubles point.

The stubborn Stags fought hard in singles, but UMBC toughed out four of the six singles matches. Only  Drean cruised, defeating Anthony Caputo, 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 4 position. Carter captured a tight 7-6, 7-5 decision at the No. 1 position, while Svard split his first two sets in tie-breakers, before winning a 7-6, 6-7,6-3 decision over Ofir Solomon.

The men host Richmond on Sunday, Feb. 28.

UMBC 6, Fairfield 1

Doubles

1. Svard, Melker/Loubatie, Eliott (UMBC) def. Caputo, Anthony/Rodgers, Jeffrey (FFD) 6-2

2. Carter, Justin/Drean, Alex (UMBC) def. Lemieux, Luke/Solomon, Ofir (FFD) 6-2

3. Appel, Dylan/Orban, Brad (FFD) vs. Akinshemoyin, Biyik/Hsieh, Kevin (UMBC) unfinished

Singles

1. Carter, Justin (UMBC) def. Orban, Brad (FFD) 7-6, 7-5

2. Svard, Melker (UMBC) def. Solomon, Ofir (FFD) 7-6, 6-7, 6-3

3. Rodgers, Jeffrey (FFD) def. Loubatie, Eliott (UMBC) 6-1, 6-3

4. Drean, Alex (UMBC) def. Caputo, Anthony (FFD) 6-4, 6-2

5. Akinshemoyin, Biyik (UMBC) def. Appel, Dylan (FFD) 7-5, 6-3

6. Hsieh, Kevin (UMBC) def. Pamich, Gabriel (FFD) 7-5, 7-5