Men's Tennis Blanks Southern Maine In LEC and Home Opener

Men's Tennis Blanks Southern Maine In LEC and Home Opener

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.

THE BASICS

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. 

WHO'S NEXT 

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.