Singles Play Lifts No. 75 UAB Men Past East Carolina 4-3
Feb. 24, 2007
ORLANDO, Fla. - UAB, ranked No. 75 nationally in the latest Fila Collegiate Tennis Poll, rallied back after dropping the doubles point to win four of six singles matches and post a 4-3 Conference USA victory over East Carolina Saturday at the UCF Tennis Center.
Viana and Stephen Whitwell turned in ECU's only singles wins by defeating Johannes Spangenberg (6-4, 3-6, 6-2) at the No. 2 slot and Alex Emery (7-5, 3-6, 6-3) at the No. 5 position but the Blazers (5-4, 1-1) quickly took control of the match by rolling off four straight victories.
After UAB's Tim Bauer, Kruno Despotovski and Thomas Petrich scored wins in the No. 3, 4 and 6 singles matchups, the Blazers' Thomas Weiss overcame a first-set loss to Kochetov to hand the ECU sophomore a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 setback at No. 1 to complete the rally. Earlier, Bauer had knocked off Peeler (6-3, 6-1), Despotovski fought past Bryan Oakley (7-6, 6-4) and Petrich cruised past Walters (6-4, 6-0).
East Carolina will conclude C-USA satellite tourney play when it squares off against host UCF Sunday morning
NO. 75 UAB 4, EAST CAROLINA 3