Men's Tennis Seniors Dominate, En Route To 8-1 Senior Day Victory Over Salem State
BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston's largest senior class in program history made sure they were going to have a successful Senior Day, as the Beacons' (7-8, 4-1 Little East) seniors dominated en route to an 8-1 victory over Salem State University (0-10, 0-5 Little East) Friday afternoon at the B.C. High Tennis Courts.
UMass Boston recognized Lyle Analetto (Belmont, Mass.), Eglis Bizhoti (Kucovë, Albania), Sean Cullen (Medway, Mass.), Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.), Charles Lai (Boston, Mass.) and Brian Sou (Revere, Mass.) before the match, and then the group of six seniors went out and became the fifth class in program history to reach the 30-win mark.
Cullen, Lai, Bizhoti, Grinhaus and freshman Jack Wang (Suzhou, China) all went 2-0 on the afternoon to help UMass Boston clinch a top-three seed in next week's Little East Conference Tournament. UMass Boston can grab a top-two seed and a bye to the semifinals with a victory over Rhode Island College Sunday, or if the University of Southern Maine defeats Western Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon.
The Beacons opened the match with a sweep of doubles, as the Beacons' three doubles teams gave up just three total games.
Cullen and Lai dominated the Vikings' top pair 8-0, with the senior partners finishing off the Vikings in just over 15 minutes.
It didn't take Bizhoti and Grinhaus much longer to finish off their second doubles opponents, as the two seniors knocked off Conner Erickson and David Dluznieski in convincing fashion by an 8-1 score.
After a slow start, Sou and Wang came on strong, and closed out their opponents at third doubles 8-2.
Cullen kept his momentum from doubles play into singles, as the Beacons' top-flight singles player scored a 6-2, 6-0 match victory over Erickson.
Lai clinched the match moments later; as he cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Sean Rose at number two singles.
UMass Boston tacked on a sixth point at number five singles, as Wang continued his strong play as of late, with an impressive 6-1, 6-0 victory over Dluznieski.
Grinhaus improved to 8-4 in singles in his first season as a collegiate tennis player, as the former hockey player grabbed a 6-3, 6-0 win over Jake McKinnon.
Bizhoti improved to 4-0 against his former team, as he claimed a 6-3, 6-1 win at number three singles over Kevin Lam.
Rene Perez earned the Vikings their sole point of the day, as the freshman tallied a 6-3, 7-5 win over Sou at sixth-singles.
UMass Boston will finish off their regular-season schedule Sunday at 3 p.m. when they travel to take on the Anchormen of Rhode Island College.