April 7, 2009
GORHAM, ME – University of Southern Maine Huskies men’s tennis co-captains senior Derek Stevenson (Raymond, ME) and junior Joshua Warren (Hermon, ME) combined to earn an 8-4 win at first doubles and each earned a hard-fought singles victory to spearhead a 9-0 win over the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons Tuesday evening in a Little East Conference match at the Costello Sports Complex Field house in Gorham, Maine.
The win erases a two-match slide for the Huskies who even out at 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference. The Beacons fall to 1-4 overall and drop to 1-1 in the conference.
Warren and Stevenson helped USM capture all three doubles points downing the UMass Boston tandem of seniors Ali Al-Sabbagh (West Roxbury, MA) and Paul Braude (West Yarmouth, MA) en route to the sweep. The Huskies were able to survive a scare in third doubles as senior Matt McGowan (Waterville, ME) and junior Stefan Kelly (Biddeford, ME) fought off the Beacons’ freshman Dara Chhan (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) and senior Amit Kumar (Bangalore, India) 9-8 (7-4).
In first singles action, Warren fought off Braude 7-6 in the first set and then cruised to a 6-1 victory in the second set to earn the point. Stevenson earned a 6-3, 6-2 win over UMass Boston senior Eric Livingstone (Franklin, MA) in second doubles. In the most closely contested singles match, USM’s McGowan was able to come out on top at fourth singles defeating Kumar 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).
Southern Maine returns to action on the road at Rhode Island College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference match, while the Beacons host Suffolk University on Thursday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m. at the Sportsmen’s Tennis Club.
\#1 Josh Warren (USM) DEF. Paul Braude (UMB) 7-6, 6-1 \#2 Derek Stevenson (USM) DEF. Eric Livingstone (UMB) 6-3, 6-2 \#3 Steve Lent (USM) DEF. Anh-Phi Tran (UMB) 6-4, 6-3 \#4 Matt McGowan (USM) DEF. Amit Kumar (UMB) 7-5, 7-6 (5) \#5 Zach Caron (USM) DEF. Dara Chhan (UMB) 6-2, 6-3 \#6 Stefan Kelly (USM) DEF. Thong Leng (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) UMB 6-0, 6-0
\#1 Warren/Stevenson (USM) DEF. Braude/Ali Al-Sabbagh (UMB) 8-4 Pro-Set \#2 Lent/Caron (USM) DEF. Livingstone/Tran (UMB) 8-6 Pro-Set \#3 McGowan/Kelly (USM) DEF. Chhan/Kumar (UMB) 9-8 (4) Pro-Set