SALEM, Mass. –UMass Boston men's tennis stands all alone atop the Little East Conference, thanks to a 7-2 victory over Salem State Tuesday afternoon at the Rockett Arena.
With the Beacons win and Bridgewater State's loss to Southern Maine, UMass Boston holds a one-game lead for first place over Bridgewater State and a one-and-half game lead over UMass Dartmouthwith three matches to play.
UMass Boston has now won seven straight and improved to 9-3, 4-0 in conference, while Salem State slipped to 2-8, 1-3 in the Little East.
The Beacons got off to a very fast start in the match by sweeping doubles play. Charles Lai (Boston, MA) and Alex Loyer (Chelmsford, Mass.) took the second flight doubles 8-0 over Jong (Joe) Kim and Kenny Hodgkins. The next flight to finish was the first doubles, which saw the tandem of Matt Lee and Tyler Seidel fall to Sean Cullen (Medway, Mass.) and David Hernandez (Bogota, Columbia) by a score of 8-2.
The singles flights were next to be played, and the first match to finish was the 6th spot. This flight saw Bizhoti take out Erickson 6-0, 6-0. Shortly after, the Beacons clinched the match with a win at 3rd singles. Loyer defeated Seidel 6-0, 6-0 to clinch the match for UMass Boston, by earning his eight consecutive singles victory.
Lee scored the first point of the day for the Vikings at first singles, as he defeated Cullen 6-2, 6-4. Hernandez would quickly answer for UMass Boston by putting another point on the board for the Beacons when he topped Kim at second singles 6-1, 6-2.
With rain coming down during the last two matches, the teams decided to play out the rest of the match indoors at Rockett Arena.
Shavers outlasted Hodgkins at 5th flight singles in a match that went down to the wire. The final scoreline read 6-3, 2-6, 12-10 in favor of Shavers and UMass Boston. In the last match of the day, Biedul narrowly squeezed out a victory over Lai 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 at fourth flight singles, to snap Lai and Loyer's 20-game combined winning streak.
The Beacons will host Western Connecticut at 2:00 PM on Saturday, while the Vikings will travel to Rhode Island College for a 12:00 PM start.
Information For This Release Courtesy Of The Salem State University Sports Information Department