Men's Tennis Blanks St. Joseph's After Dropping Tough Contest at Penn

Gaulthier Berret won the deciding match at ODU.
Gaulthier Berret won the deciding match at ODU.

The UMBC men's tennis team split a tennis version of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 26, as the Retrievers dropped a morning match to Ivy League power Penn, 5-2, in the morning in Philadelphia, but blanked St. Joseph's, 6-0, in the evening in Ambler, Pa.


The Penn squad had posted shutouts in its last three matches and improved to 8-0 overall with the hard-fought win over the Retrievers. All three doubles matches were tight, but the hosts prevailed, 8-6, at both the No.1 and No. 3 matches to record the doubles point at the Levy Tennis Pavilion.


UMBC junior Rasid Winklaar (Willemstad, Curacao/Abraham Baldwin College) evened the match at 1-1 as he posted an impressive 6-3, 6-1 victory over Penn's Ivan Turudic at No. 3 singles. But the Quakers captured matches at Nos. 1,6, and 4 singles to clinch the victory. Retriever sophomore Gaulthier Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France) rallied from a set down to take the No. 5 singles match, 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 and give the guests their second point. Junior Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz./North Canyon) won his first set against Phil Law at No. 2 singles, but was edged, 4-6, 7-6, 10-8.


The Retrievers and Hawks played six singles matches only and UMBC would take four of the six in straight sets. Winklaar continued his brilliant play, defeating Tommy Gates, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 singles. Senior Mwali Phili's (Yonkers, N.Y./Tyler JC) triumph was the most decisive of the evening as he defeated Kristian Broaddus, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6 singles.


Adewumi competed at No. 1 singles and captured a three-setter, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 over St. Joseph's Alex Veronis. Berret won his second full length match of the day, winning a 5-7, 6-4, 10-4 decision over Dan Barrus at the No. 5 slot.


The Retrievers are now 6-3 on the campaign and are scheduled to host Navy on campus on Sunday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m.