BOSTON, Mass. – Just 48 hours after playing one of their toughest conference matches of the season, men's tennis returned to their home court to take on another tough opponent this time in Eastern Nazarene College. However unlike Tuesday's match the Beacons were unable to pull out the hard fought win as the Lions (12-7) managed to sneak by UMass Boston (8-4) by the final of 5-4 Thursday afternoon at the Boston College High School Tennis Courts.
Proving to be the deciding match was at fourth singles as Sam Son earned his team the victory with a 6-4, 6-4 decision.
Prior to that exchange UMass Boston jumped out to a 2-1 lead as they took first and second flight. David Hernandez (Bogota, Colombia) and Charles Lai (Boston, Mass.) continued their successful doubles play with an 8-6 win at first flight. Alex Loyer (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Seth Shavers (Boston, Mass.) posted an 8-5 win at second flight to help UMass to the one point lead.
Moving into singles competition, Eastern Nazarene tied the score at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-3 win at fifth flight. They then took a one point lead with a win at third flight. Hernandez tied the score at 3-3 with a 6-4, 6-2 victory at first flight. From there, the Lions would take a hard fought match from Himanshu Dubey (Lucknow, India) in the form of a 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-2 decision.
After that it was Loyer who once again tied the match, this time at 4-4 with his 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win at second flight. Unfortunately Son would claim the win for the Lions with his victory fourth flight.
Men's Tennis returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Western Connecticut state University for a 1 p.m. Little East Conference match.