Strong Singles Play Leads Men's Tennis Past St. Francis (Pa.),5-2

BALTIMORE- The UMBC men's tennis team evened its early season record at 1-1 with a 5-2 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) at a match held at Twin Lakes RC.


"We really struggled with our doubles today against a much improved Red Flash squad," head coach Rob Hubbard said.  "We are still attempting to find the right doubles combinations for this season.  But everyone bounced back in the singles and we quickly regained control of the match.  Kudos to freshman, Daniel Gray and junior, Gaulthier Berret as they were double winners today."


The aforementioned Gray (Bowie, Md./The Bullis School) and Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France) provided UMBC's lone doubles victory, as they breezed past Lawson Barter/Juan Pardo, 8-1. But the Red Flash took a 1-0 lead to singles as their No. 1 and No. 2 teams claimed victory.


But the Retrievers shook off the doubles setback to take the 1-5 singles matches in straight sets and capture the match. At the No. 1 slot, senior Cristian Hodel (Calarasi, Romania) got a test from Andres Rosa, but prevailed, 6-1, 7-6 (4) after a second-set tie-breaker win.


Berret won at No. 3 singles, defeating Nat Flemming, 6-3, 6-1, while Gray posted his first career singles win in a dual match, ousting Barter, 6-1, 6-1.  


UMBC returns to Twin Lakes to entertain St. Joseph's on Sunday.