Men's Tennis Downs Suffolk University 7-2 In Marathon Match

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Four Beacons finished 2-0 to help UMass Boston (2-5) earn a 7-2 victory over Suffolk University (2-1) in a marathon 4 hour and 12 minute match Wednesday evening.

After a delayed start to the match, the Beacons and Rams went back-and-forth for over four hours, before senior captain Lyle Analetto (Belmont, Mass.) put the finishing touches on his first singles victory of the season, as the clock showed 11:45 p.m.

The Rams got off to a 1-0 lead in doubles action, as Vassili Stroganov and and Thay Thao defeated Jack Wang (Suzhou, China) and Analetto 8-6 at third doubles.

UMass Boston countered with back-to-back doubles victories starting at number two doubles, as seniors Eglis Bizhoti (Kucovë, Albania) and Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) teamed up for the first time all season for an 8-5 victory.

Seniors Sean Cullen (Medway, Mass.) and Charles Lai (Boston, Mass.) showed tremendous perseverance at top-flight doubles, as the pair fought off three match points to earn a 9-8 (8-6) win at number one doubles. The pair faced two match points while trailing 5-6 and then one more, when trailing 5-6 in the tiebreak.

The Beacons took the momentum from that match into singles play, as UMass Boston earned victories in five of the six singles matches.

Lai started off singles play with a dominant 6-0, 6-1 victory over Marc Winkler to push the Beacons lead to 3-1.

UMass Boston pushed the lead to 4-1, as Wang knocked off Stroganov 7-5, 6-1 at fourth-flight singles to pick up his first collegiate singles victory.

Calixto Romero cut the Beacons lead to 4-2 when he defeated Cullen 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 at number one singles.

The Beacons secured the victory at number three singles as Bizhoti outlasted Drew Reilly. With Bizhoti already trailing one set to zero (4-6) and down 5-6, love-30 in the second, Bizhoti fought back to take the second set 7-6, with an 8-6 tiebreaker victory. He proceeded to take the first game of the third set, before Reilly had to retire due to injury.

With the match already wrapped up, Grinhaus and Analetto finally got on to the courts at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols. 

Grinhaus breezed to a 6-3, 6-0 victory at fifth-flight singles, while Analetto added a 6-4, 6-4 win at number six singles, to help UMass Boston earn their second-straight win and second-straight over Suffolk.

UMass Boston will look to complete their first Little East Conference match of the season Saturday when they travel to take on Western Connecticut State University Saturday at 1:00 p.m.