BOSTON, Mass.—Southern Maine (7-5, 2-0 Little East) earned five of six singles points to knock off defending champion UMass Boston men's tennis (4-6, 1-1 Little East) Thursday afternoon at the Boston Sportsman's Club.
After the match was suspended due to rain on Saturday March 29, the top two teams in the Little East Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll resumed play Thursday afternoon. The red-hot Huskies, winners of seven in a row, earned five of their six points in play on Thursday, to snap the Beacons' 10-game winning streak against Little East competition.
Senior captain Charles Lai (Boston, Mass.) was the lone Beacon to finish with two victories. He teamed up with fellow senior Sean Cullen (Medway, Mass.) for an 8-4 victory at top-flight doubles, before dominating Kyle Curley 6-1, 6-2 at second singles.
The rest of the Huskies were too strong for the Beacons though, as Chris Ross, Corey Dyke and Thaddeus St. John each went 2-0 in the match.
After opening the match with an 8-4 victory at number one doubles, the Beacons' second and third doubles pairs of Lyle Analetto (Belmont, Mass.) and Eglis Bizhoti (Kucove, Albania) and Jack Wang (Suzhou, China) and Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) each dropped their matches by identical 8-2 scores.
Lai evened the match early on Thursday afternoon, as he closed out Curley 6-1, 6-2 at second singles.
That would be as close as it would get though, as the Huskies dominated the bottom three singles matches, and pulled out two tight wins at the top.
Tyler Adams edged Cullen 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 at number one singles, as the sophomore fought back from a 4-3 deficit in the third set, to win the final three games and the pivotal point.
Bizhoti made it another close match at third-flight singles, as the Beacons senior fought back from a 5-1 deficit in the second set, to eventually lose 6-2, 7-5.
St. John cruised to a victory at fourth-singles, as the junior downed Wang 6-3, 6-1.
Southern Maine collected a point at fifth-singles as well, as Ross defeated Grinhaus 6-3, 6-2.
Dyke rounded out the match, with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Analetto at sixth-singles.
UMass Boston will look to regroup and pick up a key conference win Saturday when they host Bridgewater State University at 2 p.m. in a rematch of last year's Little East Conference Tournament Semifinals.