Roger Williams Defeats Men's Tennis 9-0 In First Dual Match

Roger Williams Defeats Men's Tennis 9-0 In First Dual Match

BOSTON, Mass.—In their first dual match of the 2017-18 season, UMass Boston men's tennis fell 9-0 to Roger Williams University on Sunday afternoon.

THE BASICS

Roger Williams 9, UMass Boston 0

(UMass Boston 0-1)

(Roger Williams 1-0)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Senior Austin DeLasse (Shrewsbury, Mexico) was the most competitive Beacon in the non-conference matchup.

The senior teamed up with Josh Bhasin (Tulsa, Okla.) to take a 7-4 lead at number one singles, before Grant Rosenberg and Nick Spoor eventually rallied for a 9-7 victory. DeLasse also put up a big fight at number one singles. After dropping the first set 6-3 to Brendan White, DeLasse jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set, before eventually falling 6-3, 6-4. 

The Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead after doubles.

Jake Cole and Thomas O'Leary defeated Sanshrut Sharma (Mumbai, India) and Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) 8-2 at number three doubles to open the match.

Jared Deibe and White made it 2-0, when the Roger Williams pair defeated Tin Tran (Quincy, Mass.) and Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) 8-2.

Roger Williams pushed their lead to 4-0 to start singles play, when Spoor knocked off Tran 6-0, 6-1 at third singles. 

Rosenberg clinched the match victory at second singles, with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Bhasin. 

Cole kept the momentum going with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Sharma at fourth singles.

The Hawks made it 7-0 at fifth singles, when O'Leary downed Platteel 6-3, 6-0.

In the final match of the day to start, Deibe defeated Mokoka 6-1, 6-3 to close out the win.

BY THE NUMBERS 

  • Roger Williams improved to 6-5 all-time against the Beacons with the win. The Hawks have won six-straight dating back to 1994, including three wins in the past two years.
  • With his two matches on Sunday, DeLasse has played in 99 career matches. Only six players in program history have played in 100 or more career matches.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will travel to the ITA/New England Regional Tournament on Friday September 29 at Middlebury College.