Men's Tennis Drops 5-2 Match with UMBC
Monday, March 21, 2011
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team dropped a 5-2 contest with UMBC on Monday afternoon at the FGCU Tennis Complex. Senior Carlo Checchia (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Ceteb/Coastal Carolina University) and freshman Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) each recorded singles victories in the dual meeting.

With the loss the Blue and Green fell to 3-13 (1-6 A-Sun), while UMBC improved to 10-3 on the spring.

The Eagles prevented the UMBC sweep of the opening doubles point by recording a win the No. 2 pairing. Sophomore Collin Brown (Tallahassee, Fla./Florida State University School) and senior Matthew Rock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Jacksonville University) defeated Cristian Hodel and Gaulthier Berrett, 8-7. In a tie-break, the team of Checchia and Tsamas were on the wrong side of a 9-8 result with Mwali Phiri and Joseph Adewumi in the No. 1 matchup.

FGCU earned its two scores in the afternoon’s singles action as Checchia and Tsamas were victorious in the No. 3 and No. 4 positions, respectively. Chechhia turned away Adewumi in a three-setter, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, while Tsamas also used three sets to defeat Adam Duprat, 7-6, 4-6, 6-2.

The Blue and Green return to the courts for a Tuesday afternoon contest with Big Ten foe Northwestern beginning at 1 p.m. The Wildcats bring an 8-5 record into the dual meeting with the Eagles. Results and recaps from the competition will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com following the match.

Singles Results
1. Cristian Hodel (UMBC) def. Matthew Rock (FGCU), 7-6, 3-6, 6-2
2. Rasid Winklaar (UMBC) def. Steve Binninger (FGCU), 6-1, 6-3
3. Carlo Checchia (FGCU) def. Joseph Adewumi (UMBC), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6
4. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Adam Duprat (UMBC), 7-6, 4-6, 6-2
5. Gaulthier Berret (UMBC) def. Collin Brown (FGCU), 6-0, 6-2
6. Mwali Phiri (UMBC) def. Mitchell Lvovsky (FGCU), 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

Doubles Results
1. Phiri and Adewumi (UMBC) def. Checchia and Tsamas (FGCU), 9-8
2. Brown and Rock (FGCU) def. Hodel and Berret (UMBC), 8-7
3. Duprat and Winklaar (UMBC) def. Binninger and Acierno (FGCU), 8-3