WEST ISLIP, NY - The University of the District of Columbia men's tennis team won its fourth straight match on Friday afternoon, defeating East Coast Conference foe Dowling on the road by a score of 8-1.
The Firebirds (14-3) swept the doubles matches to jump out to a quick, 3-0 lead heading into singles play, and then captured five of the six singles matches for the convincing win. Dowling lost its third straight match and fell to 6-7 on the season.
Seniors Bruno Reich and Tomas Gajdusek teamed up for a commanding, 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles to give the Firebirds their initial spark. The pairings of Aleksandar Grabovac and Simon Andersson and Carlos Quiroga and Miguel Uzcategui also both won their respective No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches by 8-4 verdicts.
In singles play, Reich and Quiroga both cruised to victories in straight sets at No. 3 and 6, respectively, thus clinching the Firebirds win. Grabovac was in an intense battle with Dowling's Victor Kim in the No. 1 singles match before Kim had to bow out in the second set, giving UDC a 6-0 lead.
Dowling's lone point of the day came at No. 2 singles where Francesc Tems came back to beat Gajdusek, 1-6, 6-4, 10-8. Uzcategui and Andersson would close out the match with victories at No. 4 and 5 singles, respectively.
The Firebirds close out the regular season with a match at ECC foe St. Thomas Aquinas tomorrow at 1 p.m.