Men's Tennis Rallies Past Suffolk 6-3

Men's Tennis Rallies Past Suffolk 6-3

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—UMass Boston men's tennis won the final five singles matches to earn a comeback 6-3 win over Boston rivals Suffolk University Thursday night at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 6, Suffolk University 3

(UMass Boston 3-3)

(Suffolk University 1-2)

HOW IT HAPPENED

After falling behind 2-1 after doubles, UMass Boston took the bottom five singles matches to earn their third-consecutive victory.

Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.) was the lone Beacon to finish 2-0. The freshman teamed up with Austin DeLasse (Shrewsbury, Mass.) for a win at first doubles and he also claimed a win at second singles.

The Beacons' top doubles pair gave UMass Boston an early lead, as Beltran and DeLasse claimed an 8-4 win at first doubles.

Suffolk University struck back with 8-6 wins at second and third doubles to claim a 2-1 lead.

The Rams extended their advantage to 3-1, when Ariel Ilarslan Russo defeated DeLasse 6-1, 6-4 at first singles.

Beltran started the Beacons' comeback with a 6-2, 6-1 rout at second singles.

Senior Sanshrut Sharma (Mumbai, India) tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-4, 6-3 win at fourth singles.

Sophmore Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) gave UMass Boston the lead for good at fifth singles. He easily blanked Suffolk's Rami Esrawi 6-0, 6-0 to make it 4-3 UMass Boston.

The Beacons clinched the victory at sixth singles. Tin Tran (Quincy, Mass.) was able to cruise past Kevin Greenman 6-2, 6-2 to earn the match victory.

In the closest singles match, junior Josh Bhasin (Tulsa, Okla.) earned a comeback 5-7, 6-0, 6-4 win over Suffolk's Mike DeFelice at third-flight singles.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Beltran went 2-0 in a match for the first time in his collegiate career. He had one career singles and doubles win prior to Thursday.
  • After starting the season 0-3, UMass Boston has won three-straight matches and won 22 of a possible 27 total points.
  • With the victory, UMass Boston earned their fifth-straight win over the Rams, and improved to 20-13 all-time against Suffolk.
  • Bhasin and Sharma each earned their team-high third singles win of the season. 

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will open Little East Conference play on Saturday, when they host Bridgewater State University at 1 p.m.