Men's Tennis Wins Tough Local Battle With Navy, 4-0

Joe Adewumi won the clinching match at No. 2 singles
Joe Adewumi won the clinching match at No. 2 singles

The UMBC men's tennis team improved to 7-3 on the season as they defeated Navy, 4-0, at Twin Lakes Racquet Club in Baltimore.


Navy had won four consecutive matches and fell to 11-6 on the season.


The two squads split the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles matches before UMBC pulled out a dramatic comeback at No. 3 doubles to capture the doubles point. Junior Adam Duprat (Bobigny, France/Institute Deschamp) and junior Rasid Winklaar(Willemstad, Curacao/Abraham Baldwin College) were down two breaks at 6-2, but battled back to knot the match at 8-all and force a tiebreaker. They blanked Navy's Heyward Drayton and Jeremy New in the breaker, 7-0, to complete the comeback win.


UMBC carried the momentum to singles, where the match concluded after the Retrievers won the first three matches. Winklaar ousted Zach Nicholson, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 singles and UMBC No. 1 Cristian Hodel (Calarasi, Romania/Boise State) held off Owen Bullard, 6-4, 7-5. UMBC No. 2 Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz./North Canyon) won the first set over Marcus Rebersak, 6-4, and was serving for the match at 6-5 in the second. But Rebersak fought off two match points in the 12th game and an additional match point in the tie-breaker to force a third set. However, Adewumi played a solid third set and triumphed, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3.


The other matches were halted after UMBC had clinched the match.


"I was very proud of the team today," Head Coach Rob Hubbard said. " We have been working very hard on our doubles and to win that point gave us a nice boost going into the singles.  The guys came out strong for the singles and dominated from the beginning.  It was a very good result against a good Navy team."


UMBC will play its first conference foe of the 2011 season when they entertain Hartford on March 12.