KISSIMMEE, Fla.—Bentley University (Division II) proved too much for the UMass Boston men's and women's tennis teams in their Spring Break openers, as the Falcons dealt the Beacons a pair of 9-0 losses.
Friday's matches included the tennis debut of senior Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and the collegiate debut of Vanessa Pojidaev (West Bloomfield, Mich.).
Men's Tennis: Bentley 9, UMass Boston 0
Grinhaus, a four-year member of the men's hockey team, paired up with freshman Jack Wang (Suzhou, China) to provide one of the tighter matches of the day at number two doubles. The pair took an early 1-0 lead and kept it close for the Beacons (0-3), before eventually falling 8-4 to their Bentley (5-4) opponents.
Bentley had less trouble at first and third doubles, as the Falcons defeated UMass Boston's top doubles pair of Charles Lai (Boston, Mass.) and Lyle Analetto (Belmont, Mass.) and the third duo of Brian Sou (Revere, Mass.) and Jon Feng (Waukesha, Wisc.) by identical 8-1 scores.
Lai would put together the best showing in singles action, as he fell 6-3, 6-1 at number one singles to Bentley's Jimmy Rindo. Analetto fell 6-1, 6-1 at third singles, while the Falcons earned 6-1, 6-0 victories at number two, four and six singles over Wang, Grinhaus and Feng. Felipe Palacios wrapped up the match for the Falcons with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Sou at number five singles.
Women's Tennis: Bentley 9, UMass Boston 0
UMass Boston (6-11) returned to the courts for the first time in over four months and struggled to get anything going against the Falcons (6-3).
The Beacons' top pair of Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) and Samantha Counts (Bridgewater, Mass.) went back-and-forth with Ludmila Yamus and Rachel Petrini, before eventually falling 8-5 at number one doubles. At number two doubles, Solveig Castelli (Precojo, France) and Vicky Woytowicz (Springfield, Mass.) dropped an 8-0 decision, while the third pairing of Kelsey Shea (West Bridgewater, Mass.) and Logan Smith (Southwick, Mass.) lost by an 8-2 score.
Bentley really found their rhythm in singles play, sweeping the Beacons trio of Counts, Pojidaev and Nurcin Celebi (Istanbul, Turkey) by 6-0, 6-0 scores at number two, three and five singles.
Melanie Scott knocked off Castelli 6-0, 6-1 at number four singles, while Kloczewiak fell 6-1, 6-3 at number one singles.
Kayla Anghinetti wrapped up the day with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Shea at sixth-flight singles.
Both UMass Boston teams will be back in action Monday at 8 a.m. when they take on Western New England University in Kissimmee at the Oak Street Community Park.