Loubatie, Svard Spark Men's Tennis 5-2 Triumph Over Mason

Loubatie, Svard Spark Men's Tennis 5-2 Triumph Over Mason

BALTIMORE – Sparked by seniors Melker Svard and Eliott Loubatie, the UMBC men's tennis team defeated George Mason, 5-2, at the UMBC Tennis Complex on March 30.

After the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles teams split 6-2 decisions, Svard and Loubatie were locked in a tight battle with the Patriots' No. 1 duo of Joe Hill/James Lange. But the Retriever veterans pulled out the match, 7-6, to give the hosts a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.

Loubatie carried the momentum into singles, as he breezed in the first set and won a 6-0, 7-5 decision over Tanner Baine. Svard once again met up with Hill and the results were similar as UMBC's No. 2 singles player edged his rival, 7-6, 7-6.

Senior Alex Drean and junior Biyik Akinshemoyin (Reservoir) also earned singles points for UMBC. Drean dropped his first set, but triumphed, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, over Lange at No. 4 singles, while Akinshemoyin marked his return from injury to defeat Guiliano Buzoiano, 6-3, 6-2.

UMBC snapped  a four-match slide and improved to 5-12 on the campaign, while Mason slipped to 7-10.

The Retrievers host Morgan State on Friday, April 1 at 1 p.m.

Doubles

1.-Melker Svard/Eliott Loubatie, UMBC def. Hill/Lange, GM, 7-6

2.-Justin Carter/Alex Drean, UMBC def. Baine/Capitel, GM, 6-2

3.- Buzoiano/Gutierrez def. Biyik Akinshemoyin/Kevin Hsieh, UMBC, 6-2

Singles

  1. Capitel def. Carter, 6-4, 6-2
  2. Svard def. Hill, 7-6, 7-6
  3. Loubatie def. Baine, 6-0, 7-5
  4. Drean def. Lange, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
  5. Gutierrez def. Hsieh, 6-2, 6-1
  6. Akinshemoyin def. Buzoiano, 6-3, 6-2