Men’s Tennis Falls In Little East Championship

Men’s Tennis Falls In Little East Championship

BOSTON, Mass. – The 2017-18 men's tennis season came to an end as the top-seeded Beacons fell to the second-seeded Salem State University by the final of 5-1 in the Little East Conference Championship match Saturday afternoon at BC High School Tennis Courts.

THE BASICS

#1 UMass Boston 1, #2 Salem State University 5

UMass Boston (9-6)
Salem State University (13-4)

HOW IT HAPPENED

With the win, the Vikings earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, which is scheduled to begin next weekend. 

For the Beacons they were appearing in their third-straight tournament championship match as they looked to defend their 2017 crown, which they won in dominating fashion against UMass Dartmouth.

The Vikings quickly jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles play, with the lone point coming from the team of Josh Bhasin (Tulsa, Okla.) and Austin DeLasse (Shrewsbury, Mass.), an 8-0 win.

From there the Vikings would tack on the three remaining points they needed to clinch the title, their first since 2008.

Tournament MVP Andrew Muttiah and DeLasse had the longest battle of the afternoon, with Muttiah pulling out the match winning point in the third set (6-2, 5-7, 6-3). 

Saturday's championship match marked the final in the careers of DeLasse, Guang Huang (Quincy, Mass.), and Sanshrut Sharma (Mumbai, India). 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The Beacons earned their third regular season title in the program's history in 2018 after posting a 5-1 record in Little East play
  • Saturday's match marked the first-time that the Beacons faced the Vikings in the title match
  • Going into the championship match the Beacons had won seven straight over the Vikings dating back to April 17, 2012