KISSIMMEE, Fla.—Despite taking two out of three doubles matches, UMass Boston Men's and Women's tennis each fell by identical 5-4 scores Tuesday morning at the Oak Street Community Park.
Seniors Charles Lai (Boston, Mass.) and Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) each finished with two wins for the men's side, while senior Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) was the lone women's tennis player to go 2-0 on the day.
Men's Tennis: Western New England 5, UMass Boston 4
The men's team (0-4) played their most competitive match of the season Tuesday morning, before falling just short in singles play. Lai won his first two matches of the 2013-14 season, while Grinhaus picked up his first collegiate singles and doubles wins in his second career match.
After finding themselves trailing 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3, the Golden Bears (2-2) won the final two singles matches (fifth and sixth singles) of the day to earn the 5-4 victory.
Western New England opened the match with an 8-0 victory at third doubles, as PJ Nassar and Peter LeFrancois defeated Brian Sou (Revere, Mass.) and Lyle Analetto (Belmont, Mass.).
UMass Boston responded with hard-fought wins at second and first doubles, as Grinhaus paired up with Jack Wang (Suzhou, China) for an 8-6 win and Lai teamed up with Eglis Bizhoti (Kucove, Albania) for a 9-7 victory at top-flight doubles.
The Golden Bears tied the match at 2-2 to open singles play, as Alexander Sause knocked off Bizhoti 6-2, 6-4 at second-flight singles.
Grinhaus gave the Beacons the lead back with a 6-2, 6-2 win at number four singles. LeFrancois knocked off Wang 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 at third-flight singles to tie the match at 3-3, but UMass Boston took the lead for the third and final time (4-3) as Lai picked up a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 at number one singles.
Western New England wrapped up the win with wins at fifth and sixth singles, as Sou fell 6-1, 6-4 at sixth singles and Analetto dropped a 6-3, 6-0 decision.
The Men's team will return to action Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m when the take on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Women's Tennis: Western New England 5, UMass Boston 4
Women's Tennis (6-12) had to fight an up-hill battle; as the Beacons dropped four of six singles matches, which forced them to win all three singles matches to earn a match victory. The Beacons fell just short, as they took home wins at first and third singles to even the match, before the Golden Bears wrapped up the match with an 8-2 win at number two doubles.
Kloczewiak earned two of the Beacons' four victories, while Nurcin Celebi (Istanbul Turkey) picked up her third collegiate singles victory.
The Beacons opened the match with a 1-0 lead, as Kloczewiak easily dealt her opponent a 6-1, 6-2 defeat at number one singles.
Western New England responded with four-straight victories: as Ashley Lauricella defeated Kelsey Shea (West Bridgewater, Mass.) 6-3, 6-4 at number six singles, Linda Mustafa downed Samantha Counts (Bridgewater, Mass.) 7-5, 6-2 at second-flight singles, Joeanna Glantz earned a victory over Vanessa Pojidaev (West Bloomfield, Mich.) at third singles and Solveig Castelli (Precojo, France) fell 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 at number four singles to Lindsey Bruvig.
Celebi cut the deficit to 4-2, as she earned a 7-5, 6-4 victory at fifth-flight singles.
The Beacons put themselves back in contention in doubles, as Counts and Kloczewiak earned an easy 8-2 win at number one doubles to make it 4-3 Golden Bears.
Logan Smith (Southwick, Mass.) and Shea evened the match at 4-4 with an 8-2 win at number three doubles, but the Golden Bears took a 5-4 victory with an 8-2 victory at number two doubles over Castelli and Vicky Woytowicz (Springfield, Mass.).
The Beacons will be back in action Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. when they take on Smith College in their final dual match of the 2013-14 season.