#1 Men's Tennis Knocks Off Rival #4 Corsairs In LEC Semifinals

#1 Men's Tennis Knocks Off Rival #4 Corsairs In LEC Semifinals

WEYMOUTH, Mass.—#1 UMass Boston Boston men's tennis earned their fourth-straight trip to the Little East Conference Championship Match on Friday afternoon, as they swept rival #4 UMass Dartmouth 5-0 in the Little East Conference Semifinal Round. 

THE BASICS

#1 UMass Boston 5, #4 UMass Dartmouth 0 

(UMass Boston 12-5) 

(UMass Dartmouth 8-11) 
HOW IT HAPPENED

The top-seeded Beacons swept doubles to take control and received singles wins from Nandish Shah (Ahmedabad, India) and Alexander Comerchero (Brookline, Mass.) to punch their ticket back to the title match. 

#1 UMass Boston will take on #2 Salem State University on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Little East Conference Title Match. The Vikings defeated UMass Boston 5-1 in last year's LEC Title Match. 

Comerchero and Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) opened the match with a dominant 8-0 win at third doubles. 

UMass Boston made it 2-0 at number one singles. Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.) and Shah were in a tight match early on, before pulling away for an 8-4 victory. 

The closest doubles match was at second doubles, as Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) and Roy Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) went back-and-forth with UMass Dartmouth's Eli Brooks and Baylen Harper. With the Beacons leading 6-5, Roy Platteel held serve and then the Beacons earned a break to close out double with an 8-5 victory. 

UMass Boston kept the momentum going into singles, as the Beacons quickly took the first set at second singles and six singles. 

After a tight first set, Shah became the first player to earn an overall win, as he defeated Brooks 6-4, 6-0 at number one singles. 

Comerchero ended his match moments later, as the sophomore cruise past Anthony Joseph 6-4, 6-1 at fourth singles. 

Mokoka was only a few points away from tacking on a sixth point, as the Beacons' junior captain was leading 6-2, 5-2 at sixth singles. 

Beltran also held an edge at second singles. He was leading 6-1, 4-5, when the match concluded. 

UMass Dartmouth held the lead at third and fifth singles before the match finished. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston will be making their fourth-straight appearance in the LEC Championship Match and sixth in the past seven years. The Beacons won their second and third-ever LEC Tournament Championships in 2013 and 2017. 
  • With the win, UMass Boston earned their sixth-straight win over their rivals and improved to 16-22 all-time against the Corsairs. 
  • The Beacons improved to 3-1 all-time against UMass Dartmouth in LEC Tournament play. 
  • Friday's win marked Charles' Lai's ('15) first collegiate postseason match as a head coach and first collegiate postseason win. 
  • Shah earned his 11th-straight singles victory and his 12th of the season. The freshman is 12-2 in singles play and 24-6 overall. 

WHO'S NEXT 

The top-seeded Beacons will look to avenge last seasons' loss in the LEC Title Match, when they host #2 Salem State University in the LEC Finals at the Weymouth Tennis Club Lower Bubble at 1 p.m.