BALTIMORE – The UMBC men's tennis team put on a dominant performance and blanked Drexel, 4-0, late on Valentine's Day at 40 West Racquet Club.
The Retrievers won their second consecutive match over a CAA opponent and improved to 3-2 on the season.
Juniors Jaan Kononov (Talinn, Estonia) and Melker Svard (Gothenburg, Sweden) make short work at the No. 2 doubles flight, rolling to a 6-0 victory. UMBC's No. 1 duo of senior Daniel Gray (Bowie, Md./The Bullis School) and Alex Drean (Bayonne, France) clinched the doubles points with a 6-3 triumph.
Svard continued his stellar play in singles, ousting Kashyap Ashok, 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 3 flight. Then, Drean duplicated that effort, defeating Hamza Laaleg by the same score at the No. 4 position. Junior Justin Carter (Randallstown, Md.) wrapped up the night for the Retrievers with an equally solid, 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Xabier Saavedra at the No. 2 slot.
UMBC competes against its third consecutive CAA foe when they take on a strong William & Mary squad in Williamsburg on Feb. 21.
UMBC 4, Drexel 0
1 Drean/Gray (UMBC) def. Saavedra/Fioravante (DU) 6-3
2 Svard/Kononov (UMBC) def. Koehler/Ashok (DU) 6-0
3 Carter/Loubatie (UMBC) unfinished vs. Hansen/Laalej (DU) 5-4
Order of Finish: 2,1*
1 Jaan Kononov (UMBC) unfinished Alex Fiorvante (DU) 6-4, 1-3
2 Justin Carter (UMBC) def. Xabier Saavedra (DU) 6-2, 6-2
3 Melker Svard (UMBC) def. Kashyap Ashok (DU) 6-3, 6-1
4 Alex Drean (UMBC) def. Hamza Laalej (DU) 6-3. 6-1
Order of Finish: 3,4,2*