Four Men's Tennis Players Named to Little East Conference All-Conference Team

Four Men's Tennis Players Named to Little East Conference All-Conference Team

PAWTUCKET, R.I.—Little East Conference Regular Season Champion UMass Boston men's tennis had four players named to the LEC All-Conference Team, the league office announced on Thursday afternoon.

Senior Austin DeLasse (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and freshman Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.) were both named to the LEC First Team for singles. Beltran and Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) earned a spot on the LEC First Team for doubles, while junior Josh Bhasin (Tulsa, Okla.) carved out a spot on the LEC Second Team for singles.

DeLasse, who played at number one singles all season, earned his sixth career All-Conference honors. He was named a Second Team All-Conference player in singles as a sophomore and earned First Team All-Conference honors for singles as a junior.

The Beacons senior captain went 5-7 overall on the season in singles but finished a perfect 4-0 in conference play. He was one of just five LEC players to finish undefeated in conference play with four or more decisions. DeLasse was especially strong towards the end of the season, finishing the year with three wins in his last four matches, including a 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 win over Cam Chadwick in the LEC Semifinals.

Beltran picked up first team honors in both singles and doubles after putting together an excellent freshman campaign. He tied for the team lead with seven singles victories (7-4) and posted a pristine 6-3 record at second singles. After losing his first two singles matches, Beltran went 7-2 to close out the season, including a 4-1 mark in LEC play.

He closed out the season with wins in four of his final five matches, including a 6-0, 6-0 sweep against the University of Southern Maine and a 6-1, 6-2 win in the LEC Semifinals.

Beltran also earned a spot on the LEC First Team with Mokoka for doubles. The duo was only paired up in the middle of April, but they finished 2-1 at number one singles during LEC regular season matches and 3-3 overall.

The pair picked up a huge first win against Rhode Island College on April 14, when they defeated Rhode Island College 8-6. They tacked on an 8-5 win against Salem State University and then earned an 8-5 win in the LEC Semifinals against Rhode Island College's top pair.

Bhasin was the final Beacon to be honored, as he earned his fourth career All-Conference award. Bhasin was a First Team All-Conference singles player as a freshman and also earned All-Conference doubles recognition awards as a freshman and sophomore.

He slotted in at third singles for UMass Boston and posted a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 record at third singles. In conference play, Bhasin posted a 3-1 overall record, including earning wins in each of his final two conference matches. The junior earned a win at second and third singles in his final two LEC matches and then posted a 6-2, 6-1 win at third singles in the LEC Semifinals.