March 9, 2011

Final Stats

SUMTER, S.C. -- Participating in the annual MEAC Roundup in Sumter, South Carolina, the Hawks played four matches against current and future MEAC schools in a span of three days. UMES fell to Bethune-Cookman, North Carolina Central, Norfolk State and Florida A&M during the competition. The team now stands at 1-4 on the season.

The first match against Bethune-Cookman saw UMES fall 7-0 on the lone Friday match. Dorian Thomas (Mitchellville, Md.) played the best match of the team, falling in Jeffery Smallwood in the third singles play 3-6, 2-6. Emmash Sudusinghe (Colombo, Sri Lanka) played well in the first singles spot, taking four games in a 2-6, 2-6 loss to Marc Misanovic.

The next day, the Hawks fought well against North Carolina Central, taking three matches including two singles and one doubles, but lost against the Eagles 5-2 in the contest. Osvaldo Rivera (Christiansted, U.S. V.I.) came back after losing the first set to win in his singles match over Johnny Brown Jr. 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Malcolm Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) got a strong win over Christopher Mack in the six spot 6-3, 6-3. In doubles play, Johnson and Thomas defeated Brown and Mack 8-2 to win, but UMES fell in the other two doubles matches and could not get the point.

Later that Saturday, UMES took on Norfolk State, falling 7-0 in the contest without winning a match. Sudusinghe nearly came back in his singles match after falling in the first set, but fell short of forcing a third set 0-6, 4-6 against Ben Marks. Johnson had a similar match, playing a tough first set but lost to Justin Shuck 5-7, 0-6. Johnson and Thomas looked for their second straight doubles win of the day, but narrowly missed a victory 7-8 (4) to the team of Justin Shuck and Dexter McDowell.



In the final contest for the Hawks in the MEAC Roundup, UMES took on Florida A&M on Sunday, falling 7-0 in the contest and getting swept in the matches. Thomas and Johnson once again fought hard in doubles play, but lost to Marc Atkinson and Fabrice Myrtil 4-8. Johnson won two games in his singles match against Atkinson in a 1-6, 1-6 defeat.

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