Weekly Sports round-up

By on April 3, 2013

The UAB Men’s tennis team crushed Troy University this week, leading the Trojans to their fifth straight loss as the Blazers went 7-0 in singles and doubles.

UAB’s Chris Helliar and Lucas Dirube met Anas Rouchdi and Patrick Eichler of Troy at the No. 2 spot, which was the beginning of the end for the Trojans in this series. Helliar and Dirube took a commanding 8-4 win before the Blazers Rafael Rondino and Luiz Felipe Pinto took to the court with an 8-3 victory at the No. three spot.
Senior David Zimmerman has been most instrumental this season in charting the course for UAB. With Zimmerman at the helm, UAB won all six singles matches at Troy, leading Zimmerman to his 14th straight win at No. 1 after he defeated Anas Rouchdi Wednesday.

UAB moves to 14-9 on the season while Troy falls to 7-11.

Men’s tennis will take a couple of weeks off before heading to Memphis, TN April 12. The Blazers and the Tigers are set to play at 2 p.m. CST.

While the Men’s Tennis Team was in Troy, AL; the UAB Men’s golf team traveled to Oregon last week for the Duck Invitational. This was the third time since 2008 that the Blazers have been invited to participate in the University of Oregon event.

Play began Monday, March 25 with 36 holes followed by another 18 holes on Tuesday. Altogether, 15 teams competed at the Eugene Country Club, including UAB, Utah, Saint Mary’s, Oregon State, SMU, Washington, Pacific, Gonzaga, Arizona, San Francisco, Wichita State, San Diego, San Jose State, Washington State, and Oregon.

At the 2011 Duck invite, the Blazers were met with a number of challenges causing the Green and Gold to finish in 15th place, but this time around UAB showed improvement in a number of areas finishing 6th event.

The Blazers were led by Hunter Hawkins and Wilson McDonald who tied for 14th place. McDonald managed to score a pair of two-over par rounds during the tournament to match Hawkins who had an opening round 75, but later scored one-under par during his final two rounds.

Paul Dunne, Sam Love, and Thomas Sutton each contributed to the Blazers play in the event with Dunne tying to 20th place with a score of 220 while Love and Sutton finished just behind Dunne with scores of 223 and 224.

At sixth place, the Blazers were just behind the leaders with a total of 876 points. The University of Oregon finished in first place with three-round totals of 858. SMU finished in second place with a score of 861 as Washington came in third with a final score of 872.

The UAB Men’s golf team will have a little over a week off before finishing up the regular season in West Point, MS at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship April 8-9. After this tournament, the Blazers will begin preparation for the Conference USA Championship, which is set for April 22-24.

Chase Cole
Senior Staff Writer

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