Men's Tennis Earns Eighth Straight Victory By Smashing Johnson & Wales 8-1

BOSTON, Mass.— UMass Boston (10-3) tied the program-record for consecutive wins in a single-season with their eighth-straight victory, in an 8-1 swamping of Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) (6-6) at the B.C. High School Tennis Courts Sunday afternoon.

The Beacons not only tied the program-mark for consecutive wins in a single season, but also reached double-digit victories for just the third time in the 33-year history of the program. With a win in their next match, UMB will tie both the program-mark for wins in a season (11), and for consecutive wins (nine).

Seniors Alex Loyer (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Sean Cullen (Medway, Mass.) made sure it would be a successful Senior Day, as the pair combined to go 3-0. With his two victories, Loyer has now won a combined 17 straight matches between singles and double action.

Eglis Bizhoti (Dorchester, Mass.) and Seth Shavers (Boston, Mass.) started off the match strong for UMB with an 8-0 win over Taylor Coyne and Jorge Mancebo at third-flight doubles. Charles Lai (Boston, Mass.) and Loyer picked up their eighth straight doubles win, with an 8-1 win at second flight doubles and UMB's top pair of David Hernandez (Bogota, Colombia) and Cullen cruised to an 8-4 win. 

Bizhoti made quick work of Christopher Cummings at fifth-flight singles, with a straight-set 6-0, 6-0 win. UMass Boston captured the victory just moments later, when Loyer knocked off Jason Chavenson 6-1, 6-0 in number two singles. 

The Beacons pushed their lead to 6-0, when Lai earned a 6-1, 6-1 third-flight singles victory over Drew Pointillo. 

Hernandez made it 7-0 UMB, when he scored a 6-3, 6-0 win over James Adriano in top flight singles play.

The Beacons capped off their scoring at fourth-flight singles, when Shavers earned his fourth-straight singles win, with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Tristan Edovas.

Johnson & Wales earned their only point of the day at number six singles, when Jorge Mancebo downed Lyle Analetto (Belmont, Mass.) 6-3, 6-3.

UMass Boston is scheduled to finish off their season next Saturday at Bridgewater State University at 1 p.m. The Beacons will also have to make up their match against Western Connecticut State University at some point before the Little East Conference Tournament begins next Tuesday.