EASTON, Mass.—UMass Boston men's tennis opened their 2017-18 season by competing in the Stonehill College Doubles Invitational on Saturday morning.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons sent three doubles pairs to the invitational, that was made up of seven teams from the Division II and III levels.
UMass Boston's top pair of Austin DeLasse (Mexico City, Mexico) and Josh Bhasin (Tulsa, Okla.) played in the most competitive of the four brackets. The Beacons pair opened with an 8-4 loss against Divison II Assumption College. In the consolation bracket, DeLasse and Bhasin fell 8-3 to Grant Rosenberg and Nick Spoor of Roger Williams University.
Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) and Tin Tran (Quincy, Mass.) competed in the second of the four doubles flights. After falling 8-0 to a duo from Connecticut College, they played an extremely competitive match against Roger Williams, before eventually dropping an 8-4 decision.
The Beacons third and final pairing played in the C bracket. Singles specialist Sanshrut Sharma (Mumbai, India) paired up with newcomer Joery Cyriaque for an 8-1 loss to a team from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. In their final match of the day, the duo teamed up for a very tight 8-5 loss against a pairing from Division II Assumption College.
UMass Boston will return to action this Saturday, when they host the Beacons Doubles Invitational. The Beacons will be compete against teams from Curry College, Farmingdale State College and Johnson & Wales University (R.I.).