Men's Tennis Snaps Four-Game Skid Against Suffolk With 8-1 Win
MILTON, Mass.—UMass Boston (4-3) snapped a four-game losing streak at the hands of Great Northeast Atlantic Conference defending champion Suffolk University (2-2) with a dominating 8-1 victory Thursday afternoon at Curry College's "Big Nine" Tennis Courts.
The Beacons moved to 16-13 all-time against their Boston rivals by jumping out to an 8-0 lead, before dropping the final match of the game. Suffolk had defeated the Beacons in each of the past four matches dating back to 2008, including a 5-4 win a year ago.
UMass Boston earned their first two-game win streak of the season behind another 6-0 day from their top four.
Charles Lai (Boston, Mass.) and Alex Loyer (Chelmsford, Mass.) got the Beacons out to a 1-0 lead with a commanding 8-1 victory at number two doubles. UMass Boston's top pair of Sean Cullen (Medway, Mass.) and David Hernandez (Bogtoa, Colombia) quickly doubled up the Beacons' advantage with an 8-5 victory over Suffolk's All-Conference duo of Aaron Lau and Mark Winkler; before Eglis Bizhoti (Dorchester, Mass.) and Seth Shavers (Boston, Mass.) finished off the sweep with an 8-1 win at third flight doubles.
Lai stayed perfect at number four singles with a straight-set 6-0, 6-0 victory over Dachaun Zhu to put UMB a point away from victory. Mere minutes later, Bizhoti clinched the Beacons victory with another 6-0, 6-0 win, this time at number six singles.
UMass Boston continued to pour it on, when Cullen, a Suffolk transfer and former GNAC Player of the Year (2011), cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 at top flight singles. Cullen moved to a combined 6-1 on the season with the victories, with his only loss this season coming in late September in the ITA/New England Regional Championships.
The Rams finally stole a few games in number two singles, as Hernandez put up a 6-3, 6-1 win over Lau. UMass Boston capped off the 8-0 run with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) at number three singles, as Loyer picked up his team-high fifth win of the year in singles.
Suffolk wrapped up the match with a win at number five singles, as Vasili Stroganov overcame a late rally from Shavers to earn a 6-4, 1-6, 10-6 victory.
UMass Boston will look to make it three wins in a row Saturday, when they host Little East Conference preseason favorite UMass Dartmouth at 3 p.m. The Rams will return home Saturday as well, hosting Norwich University at 3 p.m.