Men's Tennis Earns Pair of Wins in 2018 Home Debut

Men's Tennis Earns Pair of Wins in 2018 Home Debut

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston men's tennis opened their 2018 home schedule in a huge way Saturday, as the Beacons won 16 of a possible 18 points in earning non-conference wins over Emerson College and Lesley University.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 7, Emerson College 2

UMass Boston 9, Lesley University 0

(UMass Boston 2-3)

(Emerson 1-7)
(Lesley University 0-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Junior Josh Bhasin (Tulsa, Okla.) and sophomore Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) each went 3-0 on the day, to help the Beacons to their first two wins of the year.

All 11 available players earned wins for the Beacons and the Beacons' four newcomers each earned their first collegiate wins.

EMERSON MATCH

UMass Boston won five of six singles matches to cruise to a victory over their cross-city rivals.

Bhasin and Mokoka each led the Beacons with two victories, while all seven UMass Boston players who appeared earned at least one victory.

The Beacons earned their first point of the season at third doubles when Tin Tran (Quincy, Mass.) and Mokoka took home an 8-1 win at third doubles.


Emerson College evened the match at 1-1, when Brock Higley and Daniel Okin picked up an 8-3 victory over Austin DeLasse (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.).

UMass Boston took the lead for good with a win at second doubles. Bhasin and Guang Huang (Quincy, Mass.) had a tough match at their hands, before pulling away for an 8-6 victory.

Freshman Jay Cyriaque (Boston, Mass.) pushed the lead out to 3-1 at sixth singles, when he downed Shawn Lee 6-0, 6-1. 

Senior Sanshrut Sharma (Mumbai, India) quickly made it 4-1 with a 6-3, 6-0 rout at fourth singles.

Okin kept Emerson in the match at first singles, when he defeated DeLasse 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in a three-set match.

Beltran clinched the win for the Beacons at second singles. The freshman grabbed a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 three-set win over Higley.

Mokoka pushed their advantage to 6-2, when he held off Dylan Freedman 6-2, 6-2 at fifth-flight singles.

In the final match to go final, Bhasin knocked off Thomas McCorkle 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 at third singles.

LESLEY MATCH

UMass Boston dropped just three games across three doubles matches to start off a 9-0 sweep of the Lesley University Lynx.

Rookies Adam Acker (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Sal Albano (Haverhill, Mass.) both made their home debuts in the match and both sophomores finished a perfect 2-0.

Albano and Acker were the first complete their doubles match, as they easily knocked off Lesley's Peter Weiss and Evan McDermod 8-1 at third doubles.

DeLasse and Beltran made it 2-0 with an 8-1 win of their own at first doubles.

In the final doubles match to finish, Huang and Mokoka easily dispatched Gerry Chica and Beowulf Urban 8-1 at second-flight doubles.

Bhasin pushed the advantage to 4-0 with a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Niko Marcolini at first singles. 

Cyriaque clinched the match win with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at fourth singles.

UMass Boston pushed their advantage to 6-0 when Sharma defeated Urban 6-1, 6-0 at second singles.

Albano earned his first collegiate singles win at sixth singles, when he took down Patrick Corcoran 6-4, 6-1.

In the most competitive match of the contest, Acker came back to defeat William Sgro 1-6, 6-2, 10-5 in a third set super tiebreaker at fifth singles. 

Tran completed the 9-0 sweep with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at third singles.

BY THE NUMBERS 

  • UMass Boston improved to 3-6 all-time against Emerson and a perfect 3-0 against Lesley.
  • With his three matches played today, DeLasse has now played in 105 career matches as a Beacon. He sits just one match shy of Kim Yang ('02) for fifth-place in program history.
  • Acker, Albano and Beltran each earned their first collegiate wins on Saturday, while Cyriaque picked up his first collegiate singles wins.
  • Prior to Saturday, the Beacons had been 0-3 and had lost all 27 points in their first three dual matches.
  • Sharma played at second singles for the first time in his career against Lesley. The senior singles specialist had never played higher than third singles in his career.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will travel to Suffolk University on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in their final match prior to conference play.