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February 1, 2010

Men's Tennis falls to UAB in season opener

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's tennis team, ranked 15th in the Atlantic South region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), dropped its home opener, Monday, to UAB by the score of 7-0 at the BSC Tennis Complex.

In doubles action, senior Michael Locandro and sophomore Richard Pearlman lost 8-3 at the number one spot, senior J.C. Freeman and John Zukley lost 8-3 at the second spot, and freshmen Reed Pilling and Sawyer Voges dropped 8-4 at the third spot.

In singles, Locandro, ranked eighth in the region, lost 6-3, 4-6, 10-6, and Pearlman lost 6-0, 6-1 at the one and two spots. At three, four, and five, Pilling, Zukley and Voges all lost 6-0, 6-0, and sophomore Hanlon Walsh lost 6-2, 6-2 at the sixth position.

"Michael [Locandro] really played well and made it very compeditive at the one spot," head coach Paul Rosner said. "He has come back in good shape and should have another good season. We were a little out-matched but everyone had a good attitude towards setting up for a good season."

The Panthers are at home again next weekend, along with the women's team, taking on Lincoln Memorial University at 9 a.m.

UAB 7, BSC 0Doubles
Michael Locandro/Richard Pearlman lost to Zimmerman/Cornei, 8-3
J.C Freeman/John Zukley lost to Moser/Petrich, 8-3
Reed Pilling/Sawyer Voges lost to Emery/Hollimon, 8-4
Singles
Locandro lost to Zimmerman, 6-3, 4-6, 10-6
Pearlman lost to Cornei, 6-0, 6-1
Pilling lost to Moser, 6-0, 6-0
Zukley lost to Emery, 6-0, 6-0
Voges lost to Petrich, 6-0, 6-0
Hanlon Walsh lost to Holliman, 6-2, 6-2