Men's Tennis Makes It Four Straight With 5-4 Win Over Eastern Nazarene College

QUINCY, Mass.—UMass Boston pushed their season-high winning streak to four-straight, as they downed host Eastern Nazarene College 5-4 Monday afternoon at the ENC Tennis Courts. 

With the win, the Beacons moved to 6-3 on the season, while the Lions fell to 7-6.

The Beacons jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles play and pushed the lead to 4-2, before David Hernandez (Bogota, Colombia) clinched the victory with a comeback victory at number two singles. 

Hernandez also earned a victory at number one singles alongside Sean Cullen (Medway, Mass.) and he was one of three Beacons who finished with a perfect record on the day, as number two doubles pair Alex Loyer (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Charles Lai (Boston, Mass.) pushed their combined unbeaten streak between singles and doubles action to eight in a row. 

Eastern Nazarene jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the match with a win at number three doubles, as Kevin Paterno and Tyler Perron handed Eglis Bizhoti (Dorchester, Mass.) and Seth Shavers (Boston, Mass.) an 8-2 loss.

Cullen and Hernandez evened the score at 1-1, with an 8-6 victory at top-flight singles, and Loyer and Lai capped off doubles action with an 8-2 win.

Loyer kept the momentum going for UMB with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at third-flight singles but the Lions responded with a 6-4, 6-4 advantage at number one singles.

UMass Boston pushed the lead back to two at 4-2, when Lai outlasted Tim Luz, 6-3, 6-4 at number four singles, setting up Hernandez's game-clinching victory.

After an Eastern Nazarene win at number five singles cut the UMB lead to 4-3, Hernandez cruised through set one at number two singles with a 6-4 win, only to fall behind 5-4 in set number two. The reigning Little East Conference Rookie of the Year turned things around with this back to the wall though, as he grabbed the final three games to earn a 6-4, 7-5 victory and the all important fifth point of the day for UMB.

Perron finished off the match with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Jay Garcia (Madras, Ore), but it wouldn't be enough for the Lions who dropped their second straight match.

UMass Boston will continue their non-conference road trip Friday, when they travel to Worcester to take on Ana Maria College at Noon. The Lions take to the road as well, with a trip to Gordon College Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.