Johnson & Wales Trips Up Men's Tennis 8-1

Johnson & Wales Trips Up Men's Tennis 8-1

BOSTON, Mass.—Freshman Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) earned a super tiebreaker win at fifth singles to help UMass Boston men's tennis avoid a sweep at the hands of Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) Tuesday afternoon at the B.C. High Tennis Courts.

THE BASICS

Johnson & Wales 8, UMass Boston 1

(UMass Boston 5-7)

(Johnson & Wales 7-2)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The red-hot Wildcats won their third-straight match and seventh in their last eight matches with a dominant doubles performance.

Johnson & Wales dropped just eight games across the doubles play and took advantage of a Beacons singles lineup that was down their number two player.

Nichols Auffret and Andre Barbero opened the match with an 8-1 win over Austin DeLasse (Mexico City, Mexico) and Alexander Comerchero (Brookline, Mass.) at number one doubles.

Ryan Schiele and Taylor Farmer tacked on an 8-3 win at second doubles over Tin Tran (Quincy, Mass.) and Josh Bhasin (Tulsa, Okla.).

At third-flight doubles, Guang Huang (Quincy, Mass.) and Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) put up the Beacons' best fight, but the pair fell 8-4 to Tyler Dupee and Jack Hopkins.

Farmer pushed the Wildcats lead to 4-0 when he defeated Sanshrut Sharma (Mumbai, India) 6-1, 6-1 at fourth singles.

Johnson & Wales captured the win at number two singles, with Auffret knocking off Comerchero 6-2, 6-2.

DeLasse put up a strong test at number one singles, as he played competitively in a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Barbero.

Schiele had an equally tough time at third singles, before eventually defeating Tran 6-4, 6-2.

Platteel broke up the shutout at number five singles. After dropping the first set 6-4, he took the second set 7-6 (7-3) to force a third-set super tiebreaker. He kept the momentum going from winning the second set tiebreaker to earn a 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 10-6 overall win.

In the last match of the day to start, Hopkins defeated Huang 6-1, 6-3.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Johnson & Wales earned their third-straight win over UMass Boston and improved to 12-3 all-time against the Beacons.
  • Platteel snapped a two-match losing streak and improved to 3-2 on the year at fifth singles.
  • The Beacons have compiled a 7-5 record at fifth singles, which is the only spot in their lineup that has compiled a winning record.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will host Western Connecticut State University on Saturday at 1 p.m. in their final home match of the regular season. The Beacons are currently sitting at 3-0 in Little East play, while Western is in a four-way tie for fourth at 1-2.