BOSTON, Mass.—Defending Little East Conference Champions #1 UMass Boston men's tennis will begin their LEC Title defense on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.
The top-seeded Beacons will host #4 Rhode Island College on Thursday at the Weymouth Club in Weymouth, Mass., for the LEC Semifinal Round.
UMass Boston athletics will be providing live stats of the match and also tweeting out updates at the end of doubles and during singles matches.
#1 UMass Boston (8-5, LEC 5-1) vs. #4 Rhode Island College (13-4, LEC 3-3)
April 14 – UMass Boston 6-3
First Meeting –April 24, 1988
Total Games Played – 30
UMass Boston Wins – 15
Rhode Island College Wins – 15
POSTSEASON MEETINGS (2009-2017)
May 5, 2016 – UMass Boston 5-1 (LEC Quarterfinals)
UMass Boston – 3 (1990, 2013, 2017)
Rhode Island College – 4 (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)
SCOUTING THE ANCHORMEN
Rhode Island College has enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in program history. The Anchormen broke the previous program record for single-season wins (11) and have made it to back-to-back LEC Semifinals for the first time under the current LEC Tournament format.
The Anchormen have relied heavily on their doubles play all season long. They won 13 of a possible 18 doubles matches in conference play (.722 winning %) and have posted a .756 winning percentage overall in doubles play. First-year head coach Adam Spring's squad uses the same six players for both singles and doubles, with freshman Ethan Hoy leading the team with an impressive 27-4 overall record.
SCOUTING THE BEACONS
After an 0-3 start to the season, defending LEC Champions UMass Boston has gotten red-hot at the right time. The Beacons have gone 8-2 since returning from Spring Break, en-route to their second-straight LEC Regular Season Title. UMass Boston opened LEC play 5-0 and finished 5-1 overall, after a 5-4 loss last Saturday to Western Connecticut State University.
UMass Boston is aiming to reach the LEC Championship Match for a program-record third-straight season. The Beacons won the LEC Title in 2013, made it to the Championship Match in 2014 and 2016 and then defeated rival UMass Dartmouth to win the title in 2017.
Head coach Eric Berg's squad has been very balanced all season long. The Beacons won 12 of 18 doubles matches in LEC play (.667 winning percentage) and a stunning (.806 winning percentage). Senior Austin DeLasse (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and juniors Tin Tran (Quincy, Mass.) and Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) all went undefeated in LEC singles matches. Sophomore Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) leads the Beacons with his 14 overall victories.
The winner of Thursday's match will take on the winner of #2 Salem State University and #3 UMass Dartmouth on Saturday. If the Beacons win, they will host the title match at 1 p.m. at the Weymouth Club.