April 21, 2014

Johnson & Wales Holds Off Men's Tennis 5-4

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Johnson & Wales University (11-1) earned their eight consecutive victory Monday afternoon with a 5-4 victory against an undermanned UMass Boston men's tennis team (6-8) at the Moses Brown Courts. 

Despite playing without their normal number third and fourth singles players, the Beacons nearly reached .500 for the first time all season. Seniors Sean Cullen (Medway, Mass.) and Charles Lai (Boston, Mass.) each finished 2-0 on the afternoon and Jack Wang (Suzhou, China) added a crucial victory at third singles for the Beacons in defeat.

The Wildcats, who sit in first place in the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference, earned their eight-straight victory and improved to 4-0 on the year at home.

Cullen and Lai opened the match with a dominating 8-1 score at number one doubles, to give the Beacons their first and only lead of the match.

Jorge Mancebo and Grzegorz Wala evened the match up for the Wildcats, as they defeated Brian Sou (Revere, Mass.) and Jon Feng (Waukesha, Wisc.) 8-5 at third-flight doubles.

Johnson & Wales took their first lead with a win at number two doubles. Jason Chavenson and Jake McGuire downed Lyle Analetto (Belmont, Mass.) and Wang 8-5 in a tight match.

UMass Boston tied the match at 2-2, when Cullen earned a straight-set 6-3, 6-0 over Andre Barbero at first-flight singles.

Wala responded with a big win for Johnson & Wales, as he knocked off Feng 6-2, 6-1 at number six singles.

Lai evened the match right back at 3-3, when he cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory at number two singles.

Johnson & Wales grabbed the lead back at number four singles, as Mancebo captured a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Analetto.

The Wildcats clinched the match victory at number five singles, as Adam Beady knocked off Sou 6-0, 6-2.

Wang claimed the final point of the afternoon for UMass Boston, as he came back from a first-set loss, to earn a 3-6, 6-3, (10-2) victory over Chavenson.

UMass Boston will return home Wednesday to host Salem State University on Senior Day. The Beacons will honor their six senior members before the start of the match.