PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Freshman Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.) and sophomore Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) each went 2-0, to lead UMass Boston men's tennis to a comeback 6-3 conference win over host Rhode Island College.
UMass Boston 6, Rhode Island College 3
(UMass Boston 6-4, Little East 3-0)
(Rhode Island College 8-2, Little East 3-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
For the second-straight LEC match, UMass Boston fell behind 2-1 after doubles but won at least the four singles decisions to earn a conference win.
This time around, the Beacons won five-straight singles matches to clinch the win against the Anchormen.
UMass Boston got off to a good start in the match, when Beltran and Mokoka combined for an 8-6 win at first doubles.
The Anchormen responded with a pair of close doubles wins at second (8-5) and third doubles (9-7).
The visitors turned the momentum when they began singles play.
Mokoka made quick work of Matt Gambrdella at fourth singles with a 6-3, 6-2 win to tie the match.
Junior Josh Bhasin (Tulsa, Okla.) gave UMass Boston the lead for good with a 6-3, 6-2 win at second singles.
Fellow junior Tin Tran (Quincy, Mass.) pushed the advantage to 4-2 with a 7-5, 6-2 victory at fifth singles.
Junior Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) picked up the match-clinching win at sixth singles. The Beacons' sophomore fought off five set points in the first set for a 7-5 win and then rolled to a 7-5, 6-0 overall victory.
Beltran tacked on UMass Boston's sixth and final point of the day at number one singles. Beltran who was filling in for Beacons' captain Austin DeLasse (Shrewsbury, Mass.), earned a 6-4, 6-3 win over Cam Chadwick.
In the final match to finish on the day, Alex Borque defeated senior Sanshrut Sharma (Mumbai, India) 6-4, 6-4 at third singles.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston had all six singles players play up a spot in the lineup because of DeLasse' absence.
- With the win, UMass Boston improved to 15-15 all-time against the Anchormen. The Beacons have won eight in a row in the series and 10 of the past 12 meetings.
- Mokoka is 6-0 in LEC matches thus far. He and Tran are both a perfect 3-0 in singles play in conference matches.
- UMass Boston has won a program-record 11-straight conference matches dating back to the beginning of the 2017 season.
UMass Boston will host Salem State University on Tuesday after at 3 p.m. in a huge conference matchup. The Vikings (2-0) are Beacons are the final two undefeated teams in the LEC.