MEN'S TENNIS DEFEATS WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE, 6-3, TO OPEN LEC SLATE

April 4, 2009

BOSTON, MA - The University of Massachusetts Boston men's tennis team defeated Western Connecticut State University, 6-3, to open the Little East Conference slate today in a match that was started on the outdoor courts of Boston College High School and finished at the indoor courts of Sportsmen's Tennis Club. The win is the first-ever in school history for the Beacons over the Colonials, snapping a streak of six straight defeats and improves their record to 1-3 overall, including 1-0 in LEC play, while Western Connecticut State falls to 0-2 and 0-1.

UMass Boston senior Paul Braude (West Yarmouth, MA) battled back to win the final two sets, 7-5, 6-4, after dropping the first set, 6-1, at first singles to senior Wayne Tentler (Johannesburg, South Africa). Sophomore Reinaldo Lopes (Brussels, Belgium) won at fourth singles for the Beacons, 7-5, 6-2, over junior Kyle Wilson (Naugatuck, CT), while senior Amit Kumar (Bangalore, India) was the victor at number five singles for UMass Boston over freshman Kyle Fiengo (Meriden, CT), 6-2, 6-1. Freshman Dara Chhan (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) rounded out the singles victories for UMB with a 6-2, 6-0 decision over senior Greg Martin (Danbury, CT). Senior Matt Fogle (Westport, CT) won at number two singles for the Colonials with a 6-1, 6-1 tally over senior Eric Livingstone (Franklin, MA), while sophomore Andrew Kelley (Weston, CT) took third singles for Western Connecticut, 6-2, 6-1, over senior Anh-Phi Tran (Brussels, Belgium).

Tentler and Fogle combined to win at first doubles for West Conn over Braude and Livingstone, 8-3 in pro-set format. Lopes and Tran teamed to win for the Beacons at number two doubles over Kelley and freshman Michael Knortz (Ridgefield, CT), 8-3 and the UMB tandem of Chhan and Kumar downed Fiengo and Martin at number three doubles, 8-1.

UMass Boston will be in action again on Tuesday, April 7 when travels to Little East Conference rival University of Southern Maine for a 4:00 p.m. match, while the Colonials host Bard College on Monday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m.

SINGLES

\#1 Paul Braude (UMB) DEF. Wayne Tentler (WCSU) 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 \#2 Matt Fogle (WCSU) DEF. Eric Livingstone (UMB) 6-1, 6-1 \#3 Andrew Kelley (WCSU) DEF. Anh-Phi Tran (UMB) 6-2, 6-1 \#4 Reinaldo Lopes (UMB) DEF. Kyle Wilson (WCSU) 7-5, 6-2 \#5 Amit Kumar (UMB) DEF. Kyle Fiengo (WCSU) 6-2, 6-1 \#6 Dara Chhan (UMB) DEF. Greg Martin (WCSU) 6-2, 6-0

DOUBLES

\#1 Tentler/Fogle (WCSU) DEF. Braude/Livingstone (UMB) 8-3 Pro-Set \#2 Tran/Lopes (UMB) DEF. Kelley/Michael Knortz (WCSU) 8-3 Pro-Set \#3 Kumar/Chhan (UMB) DEF. Fiengo/Martin (WCSU) 8-1 Pro-Set