Men's Tennis Rallies For First Win of the Year, 5-4 Over Eastern Nazarene

Men's Tennis Rallies For First Win of the Year, 5-4 Over Eastern Nazarene

QUINCY, Mass.—UMass Boston men's tennis earned four of six singles matches and seniors Charles Lai (Boston, Mass.) and Sean Cullen (Medway, Mass.) each finished 2-0 to help UMass Boston earn their first win of the season Thursday afternoon with a 5-4 victory over Eastern Nazarene College (3-5) at the ENC Tennis Courts.

Playing their first match of the season with their full lineup, the defending Little East Conference Champions (1-5) took home four of the final six points of the day to knock off the host Lions. 

Cullen and Lai teamed up at number one doubles for UMass Boston's lone victory during doubles action and then added victories at number one and two singles to help UMass Boston earn a victory in their first match back in New England.

The Beacons' two seniors opened the match with an 8-2 victory at number one doubles, before Eastern Nazarene claimed wins at second and third flight doubles. Tyler Perron and Nick Thompson defeated Lyle Analetto (Belmont, Mass.) and Eglis Bizhoti (Boston, Mass.) 8-2 at number two doubles, before Jack Wang (Suzhou, China) and Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) fell by an 8-4 score at number three doubles.

Cullen tied the match at 2-2, as he dominated Andres Biondi 6-1, 6-0 in top-flight singles.

Bizhoti gave the Beacons the lead for good; as he claimed a 6-1, 6-0 match victory at third-flight singles over Perron.

UMass Boston pushed their lead to 4-2, when Grinhaus outlasted his opponent 7-5, 7-5 at number five singles.

The Beacons clinched the match (5-2) at second-flight singles, when Lai earned a 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 victory to finish a perfect 2-for-2 on his birthday.

Kevin Paterno earned Eastern Nazarene their first singles point of the afternoon at number four singles. Paterno knocked off Wang 6-4, 7-5 in a tight contest.

In the final match of the day, Thompson claimed a victory over Analetto in an abbreviated match. With each player having taken home one set and the match already decided, the two players played a tiebreaker, rather than a full third set. Thompson took home the win with a 10-5 edge in the tiebreaker, to win the point 7-5, 1-6 (10-5).

The Beacons will look to carry the momentum into their Little East Conference and home opener Saturday against the University of the Southern Maine. Saturday's match pits the top two teams in the Little East Conference Preseason Poll and is slated to start at 1 p.m.