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Men's Tennis Takes Two in Texas; Upsets National Power Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 4-3
Corpus Christi, Texas--The UMBC men’s tennis team won both matches on their spring trip in
The Retrievers rallied to upset Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 4-3, in a match that started on Tuesday, March 16 and was completed on Wednesday, March 17. The Islanders were ranked as high as No. 48 this season and have been to the NCAA Tournament the last six years.
The teams were hit with rain on Tuesday, which moved the doubles matches indoors. TAMCC won two of the three doubles matches by the narrowest of margins to take the doubles point. The No. 3 squad of senior Chris Meyer (New Market, Md./Urbana) and Mwali Phiri (Yonkers, N.Y./Tuckahoe/Tyler JC) triumphed, 8-5, but the No. 2 squad of Frenchmen Adam Duprat/Gaulthier Berret, were edged, 9-8 (3) and the hosts came away with the first point of the match.
The match continued outdoors on Wednesday and the Islanders took a 3-0 lead by capturing the Nos. 1 and 2 singles matches. Duprat, playing at No. 3 singles, dropped the first set, 6-1, and UMBC was on the verge of defeat, but the freshman rallied to win, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.
The momentum swung when UMBC’s Nos. 4, 5, 6 singles took the court and all three players cruised to victory and give UMBC a hard-earned 4-3 win. Berret triumphed, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 4 singles, sophomore Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz./North Canyon) won, 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 5 slot and Phiri defeated former Tyler JC teammate Nate Robinson, 6-2, 6-3, to clinch the victory.
“This match surpassed the Duquesne match when we came from 3-1 behind to win,” head coach Rob Hubbard said. “To come from 3-0 behind and a set from defeat to win is a testament to our resolve to never quit. I am extremely proud of them.”
On Monday, UMBC won all nine matches to blank Prairie View A&M, 7-0. Meyer’s match at No. 1 singles was the most difficult, but the senior prevailed, 6-4, 4-6 (10-7). Adewumi did not drop a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5 singles.