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Men's Tennis Edges Navy, 4-3, But Falls at Old Dominion to Stand at 9-3 on the Season
The UMBC menís tennis team split a pair of matches this weekend at now stand at 9-3 on the season. The Retrievers nipped host Navy, 4-3, on Saturday, March 6, and fell at Old Dominion, 6-1, on Sunday, March 7.
Against the Midshipmen, the Retrievers captured the doubles point in dramatic fashion. Chris Meyer/Mwali Phiri lost, 8-3, at the No. 3 slot, but Gaulthier Berret/Adam Duprat held off Lemaich/Birger, 8-6. In the deciding match, Fredi Voorman/Allen Tsang won in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (4) and UMBC took a 1-0 lead into singles play.
But the Retrievers dropped three of the first four singles matches, with Voorman the only one to prevail, defeating Rebersak, 6-4, 6-4. Adewumi tied the match at 3-3 by taking a first set tiebreaker in a 7-6 (6), 6-2 win over Richmond at the No. 6 slot.
That left the match to No. 3 singles, where Duprat dropped the first set, 6-1, to New. But the Retriever freshman bounced back to win the second set, 6-4, and battled his opponent to a stalemate at 6-6 in the third set. In the tiebreaker, Duprat did not drop a point, winning, 7-0, and giving the Retrievers the match.
The tandem of Voorman/Tsang remained hot vs. the Monarchs, winning, 8-6, at the No. 1 position. But the Nos. 2 and 3 teams lost tight matches and ODU captured the double point.
Duprat completed his sweep of singles this weekend, by defeating Yakov Diskin at the No. 3 slot, 6-2, 6-1. But Old Dominion won the other five singles matches to capture the match.
The Retrievers are slated to play matches on campus for the first time this season as they will host Howard on Thursday and Delaware on Friday.