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Rockets Split Pair of Saturday Home Matches; Travel to No. 4 Ohio State Sunday Evening

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 01/26/2013
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TOLEDO, OH - Toledo (5-3) split a pair of matches on its homecourt Saturday. The Rockets dropped an early match to Binghamton in a close contest inside the Shadow Valley Tennis Club, 4-3. UT rebounded though with a 7-0 sweep of Northwestern Ohio in the nightcap at the Shadow Valley Club at Central.

"Doubles is starting to look a lot better for us," UT Head Coach Al Wermer said. "We need to learn how to compete at every spot, on every court, in every match. The season is a process and we're not a final product yet. I know we're going to continue to improve through every weekend and I'm looking forward to that."

The Rockets didn't lose a doubles match on the day while keeping the same lineup in both matches. Sophomores Tomas Stillman and Nicky Wong held down the No. 1 position with an 8-6 win over Binghamton and narrowly passed by UNOH 8-7.

Seniors Bryant Dudzik and Terence Weigand filled the No. 2 spot and won by a score of 8-3 over UNOH. Their doubles match versus Binghamton went unfinished with the score tied at six.

Transfer Francisco Stuardo picked up his first doubles victory with sophomore Grant Adams. The duo defeated Binghamton's No. 3 pair, 8-4, and then came back later on to defeat UNOH by the same margin.

In singles play, Binghamton took four matches over Toledo. Stuardo and Wong collected the only victories at the No. 2 and No. 4 spots by winning in straight sets - 6-4, 6-4.

Each Rocket won in straight sets over the UNOH lineup. Stillman, Adams and Weigand filled the top three spots, while sophomore Roberto Meza, junior Ben Brocker and Dudzik closed out the lineup.

UT improves to 5-3 on the season and will be right back in action on Sunday night in Columbus, OH. The Rockets are set to challenge No. 4 Ohio State at 7:00 p.m.

Binghamton 4, Toledo 3

Doubles

STILLMAN/WONG def. Bornkessez/Dinia 8-6
DUDZIK/WEIGAND vs. Lesage/Haggal 6-6 (unfinished)
ADAMS/STUARDO def. Hazariga/Hulpeay 8-4

Singles

STILLMAN lost to Lesage 4-6, 4-6
STUARDO def. Van Kann 6-4, 6-4
ADAMS  lost to Maison 4-6, 2-6
WONG def. Dinia 6-4, 6-4
WEIGAND lost to Kazariga 2-6, 1-6
BROCKER lost to Haggal 1-6, 1-6

Toledo 7, Northwestern Ohio 0

Doubles

1. STILLMAN/WONG def. D. Rueda/Sirimarco 8-7
2. DUDZIK/WEIGAND def. Johansson/Rutter 8-3
3. ADAMS/STUARDO def. G. Rueda/Hager 8-4

Singles

1. STILLMAN def. D. Rueda 6-2, 6-4
2. ADAMS def. G. Rueda 6-3, 6-1
3. WEIGAND def. Alpan 6-2, 6-3
4. MEZA def. Sirimarco 6-3, 6-0
5. BROCKER def. Rutter 6-2, 6-2
6. DUDZIK def. Kuwada 6-1, 6-0

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