SALEM, Mass.—UMass Boston men's tennis won each of the first five points, to knock off defending Little East Conference Tournament Champion Salem State University in a rematch of the 2018 LEC Title Match.
UMass Boston 7, Salem State 2
(UMass Boston 4-3, Little East 2-0)
(Salem State 1-3, Little East 1-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Four different Beacons finished 2-0, to help the Beacons knock off the preseason favorite in the LEC Coaches' Preseason Poll.
UMass Boston got off to a huge start in the match by sweeping the doubles matches.
Roy and Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) opened the match with a dominant 8-1 win at third doubles.
The Beacons pushed their advantage to 2-0, when Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.) and Mokoka knocked off Andrew Muttiah and Moses Ba 8-5 at second doubles.
UMass Boston completed the sweep at number one singles. Shah and Comerchero defeated Roni Bazile and Chen Chen 8-4 to give the Beacons a 3-0 lead.
Shah earned a statement win at number one singles, as the Beacons freshman defeated Muttiah, the 2018 LEC Player and Rookie of the Year, 6-1, 6-2 in the first singles to match to finish.
Mokoka clinched the match victory, when he cruised to a 6-4, 6-4 over Ba at sixth singles.
The final four matches to conclude would be a lot more competitive, as all four went to three sets.
Comerchero bounced back from a first set loss (7-5), to earn a 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 win over Mitchell Dyer at fourth singles.
Salem State earned their first point of the day thanks to a marathon third-set, super tiebreaker win at fifth singles. Ray Platteel took the first set (6-4) from Noah Hodgkins, but the Salem State player rallied to earn a 6-4 second-set win of his own. In the super tiebreaker to 10, Hodgkins outlasted Platteel 4-6, 6-4, 18-16 to earn the win.
Bazile cut the match deficit to 6-2 overall, with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 comeback win over Beltran at second singles.
In the final match to finish, Roy Platteel knocked off Chen 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 10-5 in a comeback, third set super tiebreaker win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Shah and Comerchero have each gone 2-0 in three consecutive matches. The Beacons' top doubles duo have dropped just nine games across those three matches (24-9).
- The two teams split the three-set matches (2-2). Last season, the two teams combined for just one three-set singles match across their two matches, with Salem State winning it at first singles.
- UMass Boston has now won eight-straight regular-season matches against the Vikings. The Beacons trail in the all-time series 22-16.
- With the win, UMass Boston has now started LEC play 2-0 for the third-straight season.
UMass Boston will play a pair of road matches in Vermont over the weekend. The Beacons will take on LEC foe Castleton University on Saturday at 1 p.m., before taking on Division II Saint Michael's College on Sunday at Noon.