BOSTON, Mass.—Defending Little East Conference Regular Season Champion UMass Boston men's tennis started their conference slate with a dominant 9-0 win over visiting University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon.
UMass Boston 9, University of Southern Maine 0
(UMass Boston 3-3, Little East 1-0)
(Southern Maine 0-3, Little East 0-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons dominated the Huskies from start-to-finish, to earn a victory in their LEC and home opener. UMass Boston dropped just two games across doubles play and did not drop a set in singles action.
Nandish Shah (Ahmedabad, India), Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.), Alexander Comerchero (Brookline, Mass.), Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) and Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) all went 2-0 in the match.
The Beacons opened the match with a win at number one doubles, as Shah and Comerchero knocked off Adam Papayoanou and Matt Henderson 8-1.
Raymond and Roy Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) added an identical 8-1 score at third doubles, when they knocked off Kyle Morin and Sean Greeley 8-1.
UMass Boston completed the sweep at second doubles, as Beltran and Mokoka earned an 8-0 blanking of Nick DeAngelis and Evan Zuchowski.
Beltran kept the momentum going into single play, as he swept Henderson 6-0, 6-0 at second singles.
Shah clinched the match win at number one singles, when he defeated Papayoanou 6-1, 6-0.
The Beacons made it 6-0 moments later, as Comerchero swept DeAngelis 6-0, 6-0 at third singles.
Platteel pushed the advantage to 7-0, when he knocked off Zuchowski 6-2, 6-1 at fourth singles.
Mokoka, who had to wait for his match to start, made quick work of Greeley 6-0, 6-0.
In the final match to finish, senior Tin Tran (Saigon, Vietnam) defeated Morin in the closest match of the day. Tran won the first match 7-6 (7-5) in a tiebreaker, before closing out the win 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Shah, Ray Platteel and Comerchero all went 4-0 on the week for the Beacons.
- After losing three-straight matches, UMass Boston has now evened their record at 3-3. The Beacons went a combined 17-1 this week in wins over Suffolk and Southern Maine.
- UMass Boston has now won three-straight matches against the Huskies and improved to 7-15 all-time against Southern Maine.
- The Beacons have now won their Little East Conference opener in back-to-back seasons.
UMass Boston will travel to Salem State University on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in a rematch of the 2018 Little East Conference Championship Match.