WINCHESTER, Mass.—Emerson College jumped out to a 2-1 lead and held on to defeat UMass Boston men's tennis 7-2 on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference match at the Winchester Tennis Club.
Emerson College 7, UMass Boston 2
(UMass Boston 1-3)
(Emerson College 7-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After falling behind 1-0, Platteel and Tran teamed up to earn a win at third doubles to even the score. The senior duo held off Brock Higley and Erik DiOrio for an 8-7 (8-6) tiebreak victory.
The Lions claimed a 2-1 lead after doubles play thanks to a tight win at second doubles. Emerson's pairing of Maximo Lawlor and Jeff Pratt defeated Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.) and Mokoka 8-6.
The hosts won the first three flights to finish in singles play to wrap up the victory.
At second singles, Beltran dropped the first set 6-1, before forcing a full third-set with a 6-3 second-set win. In the end, Lawlor clawed his way to a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory.
Emerson also took a tight three-set decision at fourth singles. Higley defeated Platteel 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 to push the lead to 7-1.
In the final match to conclude, Mokoka earned a comeback three-set victory. After dropping the first set 6-3 to Surya Sundararajan, Mokoka stormed back to win the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons have now played at least one three-set singles match in all four of their matches. Beltran has played back-to-back three-set matches. UMass Boston is 2-0 this year in three-set matches at sixth singles.
- Leandro Mang (Buneos Aires, Argentina) made his first appearance of the spring. He improved to 2-1 this year in singles play.
- With the loss, UMass Boston falls to 3-7 all-time against Emerson.
- Tran made his season debut in doubles.
UMass Boston will open Little East Conference play next Saturday, when they travel to take on Salem State University at 1 p.m. The two teams were picked to finish first and second in the LEC Preseason Poll, after Salem State defeated UMass Boston in the 2018 LEC Tournament.