Bounce Back Victory

Bounce Back Victory

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont men's tennis team bounced back from their Saturday loss at Jacksonville State and defeated UAB 5-2 in a non-conference match held Sunday at Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville. 

The Bruins earned the first point of the match by sweeping all three doubles matches.  At position one, the #77 ranked duo of Hendrik Inno and Marko Ilic defeated #50 Michal Lusovsky and Roman Postolka 6-3.  Then at two, sophomore Jake Briggs and senior Joan Valy beat Giovani Pasini and Nikolai Manchev 6-3.  Finally at number three, junior Vincent Sterkens and sophomore Grant Kelly beat Tom El Safadi and Jasper Van Kleef 6-4.

In singles, Belmont earned wins in four of the six matches to clinch the victory over the visiting Blazers.  At one, Inno defeated Postolka 7-6, 7-5.  Then at three, Valy beat Van Kleef in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.  Sterkens won at four over Pasini in three sets 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, while at five, Briggs outlasted Manchev in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. 

Sunday's win marked the first for the Bruins over UAB in the Division I era.  Until today, BU was 0-6 versus UAB. 

The men's tennis team (9-9) will be back on the court this Friday as they host Eastern Illinois at 1:00pm at Centennial Sportsplex. 

Belmont 5, UAB 2
 
Singles competition
1. Hendrik Inno (BELM) def. Roman Postolka (UAB) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
2. Michal Lusovsky (UAB) def. Marko Ilic (BELM) 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3
3. Joan Valy (BELM) def. Jasper Van Kleef (UAB) 6-4, 6-3
4. Vincent Sterkens (BELM) def. Giovani Pasini (UAB) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
5. Jake Briggs (BELM) def. Nikolai Manchev (UAB) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Tom El Safadi (UAB) def. David Faulkner (BELM) 6-2, 6-4
 
Doubles competition
1. #77 Hendrik Inno/Marko Ilic (BELM) def. #50 Michal Lusovsky/Roman Postolka (UAB) 6-3
2. Jake Briggs/Joan Valy (BELM) def. Giovani Pasini/Nikolai Manchev (UAB) 6-3
3. Vincent Sterkens/Grant Kelly (BELM) def. Tom El Safadi/Jasper Van Kleef (UAB) 6-4
 
Match Notes:
UAB 8-9
Belmont 9-