April 9, 2009
BOSTON, MA - The Suffolk University men's tennis team edged host University of Massachusetts Boston, 5-4, today in a match that was played at the Sportsmen's Tennis Club in Dorchester. The Beacons fall to 1-5 on the season, while the Rams improve to 5-2.
Senior Eric Livingstone (Franklin, MA) was a double winner for UMass Boston, taking second singles over freshman Christopher Staley (London, England) 4-6, 7-5, 10-5 and teamed with classmate Paul Braude (West Yarmouth, MA) to win at number one doubles over junior Diego Alvarado (Boston, MA) and senior Nisarg Patel (Ahemedbad, India), 8-6 in pro-set form. Senior Amit Kumar (Bangalore, India) also won in singles play for the Beacons with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory at number five over Patel. Freshman Dara Chhan (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) rounded out the scoring for UMass Boston with a triumph at sixth singles over senior Greg Garrison (Beacon, NY), 6-3, 6-0.
Alverado was the victor at number one singles for Suffolk over Braude, 6-3, 6-3, while sophomore Justin Ayoub (Brooklyn, NY) took third singles for the Rams over senior Anh-Phi Tran (Brussels, Belgium), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. Sophomore John Samander (Curacao, Venezuela) also scored in singles action for Suffolk with a victory over sophomore Reinaldo Lopes (Brussels, Belgium), 6-1, 6-1. Staley and Samander combined to win at second doubles for the Rams over Lopes and Tran, 8-3, and Garrison and sophomore Nick Pratt (Sutton, MA) pulled out number three doubles for Suffolk over senior Ali Al-Sabbagh (West Roxbury, MA) and Chan, 9-8 (5).
The Beacons will be in action again on Saturday, April 11 when they travel to Bridgewater, MA for a Little East Conference match at Bridgewater State College at Noon, while the Rams also travel to play Bridgewater State on April 16 at 3:30 p.m.
\#1 Diego Alvarado (SU) DEF. Paul Braude (UMB) 6-3, 6-3 \#2 Eric Livingstone (UMB) DEF. Christopher Staley (SU) 4-6, 7-5, 10-5 \#3 Justin Ayoub (SU) DEF. Anh-Phi Tran (UMB) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 \#4 John Samander (SU) DEF. Reinaldo Lopes (UMB) 6-1, 6-1 \#5 Amit Kumar (UMB) DEF. Nisarg Patel (SU) 7-6 (4), 6-4 \#6 Dara Chhan (UMB) DEF. Greg Garrison (SU) 6-3, 6-0
\#1 Braude/Livingstone (UMB) DEF. Alvarado/Patel (SU) 8-6 Pro-Set \#2 Staley/Samander (SU) DEF. Lopes/Tran (UMB) 8-3 Pro-Set \#3 Garrison/Pratt (SU) DEF. Chhan/Al-Sabbagh (UMB) 9-8 (4) Pro-Set