#1 Men's Tennis Set For LEC Finals Showdown With #2 Salem State Saturday

#1 Men's Tennis Set For LEC Finals Showdown With #2 Salem State Saturday

BOSTON, Mass.—Defending Little East Conference Champion UMass Boston men's tennis is aiming to hoist the LEC Crown for the fourth time in program history Saturday, when they host #2 Salem State University at 2:30 p.m.

The top-seeded Beacons and second-seeded Vikings will meet at the Boston College High School Tennis Courts for Saturday's LEC Title Match.

FOLLOW LIVE

UMass Boston athletics will be providing live stats of the match and also tweeting out updates at the end of doubles and during singles matches.

THE MATCHUP 

#1 UMass Boston (9-5, LEC 5-1) vs. #2 Salem State University (12-4, LEC 5-1) 

PREVIOUS MEETING

April 17 – UMass Boston 8-1 

ALL-TIME SERIES 

First Meeting –1982 

Total Games Played – 36

UMass Boston Wins – 15

Salem State University Wins – 21

POSTSEASON MEETINGS (2009-2017)

First-Ever Postseason Meeting

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

UMass Boston – 3 (1990, 2013, 2017)

Salem State – 1 (2008)

SCOUTING THE ANCHORMEN

Salem State University is looking for their second-ever Little East Conference Tournament Title on Saturday. The Vikings won the Title under the previous tournament format, before falling to Western Connecticut State University in the LEC Title Match in both 2009 and 2010. Prior to Thursday's win over #3 UMass Dartmouth (5-2), the Vikings hadn't won an LEC Tournament match since 2010. The Vikings had lost in the LEC Quarterfinal Round six times and missed the LEC Tournament in 2014.

This year's team has taken a huge step forward thanks to the addition of three freshman and senior John Didonato. Freshman Andrew Muttiah has been one of the top players in the LEC at number one singles, while fellow freshman Roni Bazile and Noah Hodgkins have both filled key roles in singles and doubles. Bazile leads the Vikings with 22 overall wins and 12 singles victories, while junior Chen Chen has posted a team-best 11 singles wins.

SCOUTING THE BEACONS

#1 UMass Boston men's tennis is looking to add another trophy to their trophy case on Saturday. The Beacons are in the midst of a historic run, that has seen the Beacons reach the LEC Finals in five of the past six seasons. Saturday's match will be the Beacons' program-record third-straight LEC Finals appearance, with UMass Boston looking to win back-to-back titles for the first time ever. UMass Boston has previously won the title three times (1990, 2013, 2017).

In Thursday's LEC Semifinal match against #4 Rhode Island College, UMass Boston earned a 5-2 win over the Anchormen. Freshman Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.) went 2-0 in the victory and the Beacons earned wins at first and third doubles and first, second and third singles.

WHO'S NEXT 

The winner of Saturday's match will earn a spot in the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament. The full bracket will be released on Monday at Noon on NCAA.com.