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Voorman Wins a Pair, But No. 69 Yale Edges Men's Tennis, 4-3
Annapolis, Md.—Despite a standout performance by senior Fredi Voorman (Talinn, Estonia), the UMBC men’s tennis team dropped a tight 4-3 decision to No. 69 Yale at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Voorman won his singles match, defeating Yale’s Calvin Bennett at No. 2 singles, 7-6 (4), 6-2. Earlier, he combined with sophomore Allen Tsang (Wellesley, Mass.) to win at No. 1 doubles, 8-6.
But UMBC’s Nos. 2 and 3 doubles teams could not secure a victory and the Bulldogs captured the doubles point.
The Retrievers nearly pulled off the comeback as No. 4 Adam Duprat defeated Erik Blumenkranz, 6-1, 6-2, and No. 6 Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz) edged Jordan Abergel, 7-6 (2), 6-3. Voorman pulled off the victory at No. 2 singles, but No. 3 Gaulthier Berret and No. 5 Mwali Phiri (Yonkers, N.Y.) both dropped tie-breakers en route to straight set defeats.
"We didn't quite have it tonight as we struggled in the doubles and some of the singles,” head coach Rob Hubbard said. “It is tough to win against a nationally ranked program like Yale when you are not firing on all cylinders. "But I am proud of the guys for how hard they fought and we'll pick ourselves up and get back to work."
The Retrievers’ winning streak was halted at four straight, but they still stand at 5-2 on the season.