April 26, 2008
BRIDGEWATER, MA - Junior Jovan Jordan-Whitter captured the Flight One Singles title to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston men's tennis team to a third-place finish at the Little East Conference Championships in Bridgewater, MA on the campus of host Bridgewater State College. The Beacons finished with 12 points, while conference champion Salem State College compiled 15 points and second-place finisher University of Southern Maine posted 13 points.
UMass Boston's Jordan-Whitter was the number one seed for flight one and defeated Bridgewater State's Adrien Malosse, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals, before cruising to the league crown with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Josh Warren from Southern Maine to become the Beacons' first Flight One LEC Singles champion since Quazi Sadruzzaman won the title in 2004.
The Beacons led the tennis championships after the first day of competition due in large part to their Flight Three Doubles tandem of junior Ali Al-Sabbagh (West Roxbury, MA) and freshman Reinaldo Lopes (Brussels, Belgium), who were seeded fourth and defeated Southern Maine's duo of Stefan Kelly and Jack Cowie, 8-3 in the quarterfinals. The UMB pair upset top-seeded Alex Eisath and Brian Carlson of Salem State, 7-6, 6-4, to advance to the final, where they took down the second-seeded tandem of Josh McCoy and Andrew Zappalo of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 5-7, 7-6, 6-0, and become UMass Boston's first-ever Flight Three LEC Doubles champion.
The Beacons finish the season with an overall record of 5-7, including a 3-3 mark in Little East Conference play.