April 13, 2009

BRIDGEWATER, MA -- The Bridgewater State College men's tennis team defeated University of Massachusetts Boston, 6-3, in Little East Conference action on Monday afternoon.

Bridgewater won four of six singles matches and two of the three doubles flights as BSC improved to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the Little East. The Bears have now won three straight matches and six of their last seven. The Beacons drop to 1-6 on the season and 1-2 in conference play.

Senior Matt Charest (Somerset, MA) won the battle of the top singles players as he won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0 over UMass Boston senior Paul Braude (West Yarmouth, MA). He also teamed with freshman Duncan Yarworth (Wrentham, MA) for an 8-1 victory at the number one doubles flight over Braude and senior Eric Livingstone (Franklin, MA).

Senior Brendon Barbo (Yarmouthport, MA) battled to a tough three-set win (3-6, 6-0, 6-4) at fifth singles as he came back from a set down, defeating UMB senior Amit Kumar (Bangalore, India).. Barbo and freshman Jeff Belleville (Grafton, MA) teamed up for an 8-5 triumph at second flight doubles over the Beacons' tandem of senior Ali Al-Sabbagh (West Roxbury, MA) and sophomore Reinaldo Lopes (Brussells, Belgium).

Also winning in singles play for the Bears were sophomore Justin Lipomi (Lowell, MA) at the fourth flight over Lopes, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (1) and fellow sophomore David Campbell (Vineyard Haven, MA) at the sixth flight over UMass Boston freshman Dara Chhan (Phnom Penh, Cambodia), 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Livingstone and senior Anh-Phi Tran (Brussels, Belgium) posted singles victories for the Beacons as they won at the second and third flights respectively over Yarworth at number two and Belleville at number three. Kumar and Chhan paired up for an 8-6 decision at third doubles for UMass Boston over Lipomi and sophomore Nicholas Amrose (Arlington, MA).

The Bears will host Little East Conference foe UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 PM. The Beacons travel to East Providence, RI to take on Johnson & Wales University tomorrow for a 3:30 match with the Wildcats.

Singles 1. Matt Charest (BSC) def. Paul Braude (UMB) 6-1, 6-0 2. Eric Livingstone (UMB) Def. Duncan Yarworth (BSC) 7-5, 6-0 3. Anh-Phi Tran (UMB) def. Jeff Belleville (WCSU) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 4. Justin Lipomi (BSC) def. Reinaldo Lopes (UMB) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1) 5. Brendon Barbo (BSC) def. Amit Kumar (UMB) 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 6. David Campbell (BSC) def. Dara Chhan (UMB) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

Doubles 1. Charest/Yarworth (BSC) def. Braude/Livingstone (UMB) 8-1 2. Barbo/Belleville (BSC) def. Lopes/Ali Al-Sabbagh (UMB) 8-5 3. Kumar/Chhan (UMB) def. Lipomi/Nick Amrose (BSC) 8-6