Men’s tennis

Winthrop tennis teams falls to Alabama Birmingham

Winthrop UniversityFebruary 8, 2014 

The Winthrop men’s tennis team fell just short of capturing its second win of the season, falling to UAB, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at Memorial Courts.

In the doubles round, Winthrop competed valiantly, but UAB came away with the doubles victory. In the No. 1 doubles position, the Eagles team of Dylan Comerford and Peter Nagovnak defeated UAB’s Donovan McSeveney and Lucas Dirube 6-0, while the Blazer’s Mitchell Martell and Chris Helliar were victorious over Winthrop’s Yuta Hirokawa and Tremayne Mitchell, by a score of 6-2, in the No. 2 doubles position. Rafael Rondino and Luiz Felipe Pinto won a close match against Steven Patrick and Juan Pablo Boada, 6-5, in the No. 3 doubles position, giving UAB the doubles point.

The Eagles fought hard in the singles matches as well, splitting the competition with UAB. In the No. 1 singles position, Helliar defeated Hirokawa 6-2, 6-2, and Rondino won in straight sets over Patrick 6-5, 6-2, in the No. 2 singles position. Dirube prevailed at the No. 3 singles position in three sets, 6-0, 4-6, 6-5, over Comerford, while Boada was victorious in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, over McSeveney in the No. 4 singles position. Mitchell had a straight sets victory as well in the No. 5 singles position against Martell, winning 6-1, 6-5, and Chen defeated Pinto, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, in the No. 6 singles position.

The Winthrop men’s tennis team will be playing back-to-back matches at home on Sunday as they take on Coker College at 9:30 a.m., and College of Charleston at 2:30 p.m.

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