May 29, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's tennis players Amit Kumar (Bangalore, India/Malden (MA) H.S.) and Dara Chhan (Phnom Penh, Cambodia/Lynn English (MA) H.S.) were named to the Little East Conference All-Star Second Team it was announced by the conference today. This marks the first year that the Little East Conference has named a First and Second All-Star Team for men's tennis.
Kumar and Chhan were named to the LEC Second Team at number three doubles. The pair compiled a 5-4 overall mark at number three doubles for the season, including a 4-2 record vs. Little East Conference opponents. The duo scored less than four points in just one of their nine doubles matches and won back-to-back doubles matches on two occasions. Kumar and Chhan also put together a three-match winning streak over Little East Conference foes, including victories over Western Connecticut State's pair of Kyle Fiengo and Greg Martin (8-1) to contribute to the Beacons' first-ever dual match victory over the Colonials in a 6-3 decision on April 4. The pair also took down Bridgewater State College's Justin Lipomi and Nick Amrose (8-6) on April 13 and the Rhode Island College duo of Michael Aiello and Garrett Smith (8-6) on April 18. The UMB tandem capped the regular season on April 25 with an 8-4 win over LEC Tournament Champion University of Massachusetts Dartmouth combo of Brian Lui and Alex Ciampi.
Kumar played all of his doubles matches with Chhan and also owned a 3-9 singles mark, primarily at fifth singles. Chhan was 7-8 in doubles play on the season, including six matches without Kumar. The freshman was named Little East Conference Rookie of the Week for the week of March 30 to April 5 and compiled a singles record of 3-7 for the year, primarily at the sixth spot.
Kumar completed his UMass Boston four-year career with a 13-31 singles mark, seeing action at number four, five and six singles, while owning an overall doubles record of 13-28 at second and third doubles.
UMass Boston finished the season with a 3-10 overall record, including a 2-4 record in LEC play.