DARTMOUTH, Mass.—UMass Boston men's tennis rallied past UMass Dartmouth 5-4, to earn their 10th-consecutive Little East Conference win Sunday afternoon at the UMass Dartmouth Tennis Courts.
UMass Boston 5, UMass Dartmouth 4
(UMass Boston 5-3, Little East 2-0)
(UMass Dartmouth 4-6, Little East 1-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After falling behind 2-1 after doubles, UMass Boston won the first four singles decisions, to pick up a victory in a rematch of the 2017 LEC Title Match.
Sophomore Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) was the lone Beacon to go 2-0 in the match. Mokoka teamed up with Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) to give the Beacons an early 1-0 lead with a win at third doubles and later gave UMass Boston the lead for good with a victory of fifth singles.
Mokoka and Platteel opened the match with an 8-4 win at third doubles.
The Corsairs responded with an 8-4 win at second doubles and an 8-6 victory at first-flight doubles.
UMass Boston immediately shifted the momentum to begin singles action.
Tin Tran (Quincy, Mass.) tied the match at 2-2 with a 6-3, 6-2 victory at sixth singles.
Mokoka gave UMass Boston the lead for good at number five singles. The sophomore rolled past Zach Pavao 6-0, 6-2 to make it 3-2 in favor of the visitors.
Senior captain Austin DeLasse (Shrewsbury, Mass.) pushed the lead to 4-2 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Patrick Pacheco at number one singles.
In the deciding match of the day, freshman Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.) hung on for a 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) win at second singles over Tristin Viale.
UMass Dartmouth made the final score look a lot closer with two three-set wins to end the day.
At fourth singles, Eli Brooks rallied past Sanshrut Sharma (Mumbai, India) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 at fourth singles.
In the closest match of the day, Anthony Joseph overcame a first-set loss to defeat Josh Bhasin (Tulsa, Okla.) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at third singles.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston has won a record 10-straight LEC matches since the start of 2017. The Beacons won nine in a row from March 30, 2013 to April 10, 2014.
- The Beacons earned their fourth-straight win over the Corsairs to improve to 10-22 all-time. Last season, UMass Boston defeated UMass Dartmouth 5-2 in the LEC Title Match.
- Platteel, who was a regular on last year's LEC Title team, made his first appearance of the spring. He played in both of the team's matches in the fall before missing six-straight matches to start 2018.
- Mokoka improved to 4-0 on the season in LEC play and 10-9 overall on the year. He has won a team-high four-straight singles matches.
- Beltran picked up his first career LEC singles win on Sunday.
- The two teams played three exhibition matches on the day and UMass Boston won all three. Sophomores Adam Acker (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Sal Albano (Haverhill, Mass.) teamed up for an 8-3 win at fourth doubles. In their singles exhibition matches, Acker earned a 6-4, 6-4 win, while Albano tacked on a 6-3, 6-2 victory.
UMass Boston will face a tough non-conference test, when they travel to take on Babson College on Thursday at 3 p.m.