Baltimore—The UMBC men's tennis team blanked America East foe Hartford, 7-0, in the first match of the year played at UMBC's home courts.
The Retrievers won for the third consecutive time and improved to 8-3 on the season.
Senior Mwali Phiri (Yonkers, N.Y.) and junior Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz.) combined to win at No. 1 doubles, besting the duo of Aneill Bhalla and Josh Isaacson, 8-3. The Retrievers won the doubles point with 8-1 victories at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.
Junior Cristian Hodel (Constanta, Romania/Boise State) spearheaded UMBC's singles efforts by defeating Bhalla, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1 singles. The Retrievers did not drop a set in singles – junior Rasid Winklaar (Willemstad, Curacao) and sophomore Gaulthier Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France) only dropped one game apiece at No. 2 and No. 4 respectively. Phiri triumphed, 6-2, 6-0 over Bogdan Nedelcu at No. 5 singles, and senior Shane Yap (East Brunswick, N.J.) triumphed, 6-2, 6-0 over Edgardo Ureta.
UMBC will compete at Howard on March 18, before heading to Florida for a pair of matches over spring break.