BOSTON, Mass.--Tin Tran (Quincy, Mass.) and Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) made it to the semifinals and Austin DeLasse (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) won the consolation finals, to lead UMass Boston in the first-ever Beacons Men's Doubles Invitational.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Three different Beacons' pairings earned victories on Saturday, as the Beacons competed against doubles teams from Farmingdale State College and Western New England University.
Mokoka and Tran jumped out to a good start on the day, as they downed Chris Bannawarth and Pat Madigan of Farmingdale State 8-3 in the Round of 16. The pairing tacked on an 8-6 win over another pairing from Farmingdale State to move onto the semifinals. In their final two matches of the day, they fell 8-2 to the top pairing from Farmingdale State in the semifinals, before dropping a tight 8-6 match in the Third-Place match to a fourth-pairing from Farmingdale State.
DeLasse and Platteel earned a bye into the quarterfinals, but the pair was upset 8-5 by the Farmingdale State duo that beat Mokoka and Tran in the Third-Place match. That would be the final loss of the day for the duo, as they ended the day with three-straight wins. They earned an 8-4 win over Western New England University in the Consolation Quarterfinals, before dominating Farmingdale State's Michael Hickerson and Colby Rodriguez 8-4. In the consolation finals, they breezed to an 8-1 win over Farmingdale State.
Sanshrut Sharma (Mumbai, India) and Jay Cyriaque (Boston, Mass.) were the final Beacons team to earn a win, as they downed Hickerson and Rodriguez 8-4 in the Round of 16. In their final match of the day, they fell 8-1 to Western New England's David Kalmer and Justin Kohut.
The final Beacons pairing was made up of rookies Sal Albano (Haverhill, Mass.) and Arthur Barasch (Sao Paulo, Brazil). The duo got more competitive as the day went along. In the first match, they fell 8-1 to a Western New England pairing in the Round of 16. They then fell 8-2 in the consolation semifinals and 8-3 in the consolation Third-Place match.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Saturday marked the first-ever Beacons Men's Doubles Invitational.
- Cyriaque earned his first collegiate win, with his victory in the Round of 16. He made his debut last weekend at the Stonehill College Doubles Invitational.
- Albano and Barasch both were making their collegiate debuts in the match.
The Beacons will play their first dual match of the season next Sunday, when they host Roger Williams University at 1 p.m.