Men's Tennis Opens Fall Competition With Strong Effort at Mason Invitational

Men's Tennis Opens Fall Competition With Strong Effort at Mason Invitational

Fairfax, Va. – The UMBC men's tennis team got off to a strong start at the George Mason Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The Retrievers swept all four doubles and eight singles flights versus Mount St. Mary's and also captured seven of eight singles matches against the host Patriots.

Newcomer Jaan Kononov (Talinn, Estonia/Armstrong State) debuted with victories at the No. 1 flight, blanking the Mount's Adam Salam, 6-0, 6-0 and ousting GMU's Tanner Baine, 6-2, 7-5.

UMBC won all eight matches in straight sets versus the Mountaineers.

A dominating performance by junior Melker Svard (Gothenburg, Sweden) and a gutsy effort by junior Alex Drean (Bayonne, France ) highlighted the competition versus George Mason. At the No. 3 flight, Svard cruised past Joe Hill, 6-1, 6-1 and at the No 4 position Drean prevailed, 8-6, in a third-set tie-breaker to edge Aaron Capitel, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6).

On Sunday, the Retrievers split singles matches with the University of Mary Washington four apiece, and swept the Eagles in doubles play. In the No. 2 singles spot, junior Justin Carter (Randallstown, Md.) handled Stratton Gilmore, 6-2, 6-1. Sophomore Biyik Akinshemoyin (Laurel, Md./Resevoir) completed a comeback to beat Andrew Curtis, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 8 position.

 

The Retrievers also got a chance to play GMU in doubles on Sunday, where they won three of the four matches. Akinshemoyin teamed up with freshman newcomer Jeremy Gibbens (Ottawa, Ont., Canada) to win their match, 8-0.

 

GMU SINGLES

1 Jaan Kononov def. Tanner Baine 6-2, 7-5          

2 Justin Carter def. Jimmy Lange 6-3, 6-2              

3 Melker Svard def. Joe Hill 6-1, 6-1                        

4 Alex Drean def. Aaron Capitel 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6)

5 Eliott Loubatie def. Nick Barker 7-6 (6), 6-3       

6 Daniel Gutierrez def. Jeremy Gibbens 6-2, 6-2               

7 Daniel Gray def. Amir Alkhafaji 6-3, 6-2              

8 Biyik Akinshemoyin def. Bing Waid 6-3, 6-3      

 

MSM SINGLES

1 Jaan Kononov def. Adam Salem 6-0, 6-0

2 Justin Carter def. Mateo De SommoCurcio 6-3, 7-5

3 Melker Svard def. Peter Salomon 6-4, 6-2

4 Alex Drean def. Darren Mast 7-5, 6-2

5 Eliott Loubatie def. Louis Tonon 6-0, 6-1

6 Jeremy Gibbens def. Brandon Wortkotter 6-4, 6-3

7 Daniel Gray     def. Will Briscoe 7-5, 6-0

8 Biyik Akinshemoyin def. Anthony Adams 6-0, 6-0

 

UMW SINGLES

1 Jaan Kononov def. Tyler Carey 7-5, 6-3

2 Justin Carter def. Stratton Gilmore 6-2, 6-1

3 David Lunding Johansson def. Melker Svard 6-4, 2-6, 7-5

4 Alex Drean def. Brandon Griffin 6-2, 6-3

5 Evan Charles def. Eliott Loubatie 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

6 Eric Hurwitz def. Jeremy Gibbens 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

7 Scott Buie def. Daniel Gray 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

8 Biyik Akinshemoyin def. Andrew Curtis 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

 

MSM DOUBLES

1 Carter/Svard def. Salam/De SommoCurcio 8-3

2 Gray/Drean def. Salomon/Tonon 8-5

3 Loubatie/Kononov def. Mast/Wortkotter 8-2

4 Akinshemoyin/Gibbens def. Briscoe/Adams 8-3

 

GMU DOUBLES

1 Carter/Svard def. Lange/Hill 8-6

2 Barker/Capitel def. Gray/Drean 8-6

3 Loubatie/Kononov def. Baine/Gutierrez 8-7(10)

4 Akinshemoyin/Gibbens def. Wong/Waid 8-0

 

UMW DOUBLES

1 Carter/Svard def. Carey/Charles 8-2

2 Gray/Drean def. Gilmore/Griffin 8-6

3 Loubatie/Kononov def. Curtis/Hurwitz 8-7(8)

4 Akinshemoyin/Gibbens def. Lunding-Johansson/Buie 8-6