New Haven, Conn. – UMBC senior Justin Carter (Randallstown, Md.) defeated one of the nation's top players in singles, as the Retriever men's tennis team fell just short in an upset bid, falling at Yale, 4-3.
Carter battled Ziqi Wang, ranked No. 118 in the nation and outlasted him, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
The Bulldogs won the doubles point, with victories at the Nos. 1 and 3 slots and took a 3-0 lead with victories at the Nos. 2 and 6 positions. But the Retriever comeback began as junior Biyik Akinshemoyin (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 over Stefan Doehler at the No. 5 position.
In addition to the victory by Carter, senior Eliott Loubatie (Paris, France) prevailed in a dramatic match, triumphing, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 over Nathan Brown in the No. 4 position.
UMBC could not rally all the way back, as senior Alex Drean (Bayonne, France) evened his match at No. 3 singles at one set apiece, but was edged, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, by Alex Hagermoser.
UMBC heads south to take on VCU in Richmond on Sunday.
No. 1 Fedor Andrienko/Stefan Doehler, Yale def. Justin Carter/Alex Drean, UMBC, 6-3
No. 2 Melker Svard/Eliott Loubatie vs. Martin Svenning/Ziqi Wang, unfinished
No. 3 Jason Brown/Alex Hagermoser, Yale def. Biyik Akinshemoyin/Kevin Hsieh, 6-1
No. 1 Carter def. Wang, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
No. 2 Svenning def. Svard, 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Hagermoser def. Drean, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
No. 4 Loubatie def. Nathan Brown, Yale, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
No. 5 Akinshemoyin def. Doehler, 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 Andrienko def. Hsieh, 6-0, 6-3