Beacons Close Out Perfect LEC Regular Season With 7-2 Win Over Bears

Beacons Close Out Perfect LEC Regular Season With 7-2 Win Over Bears

BRIDGEWATER, Mass.—UMass Boston won five of six singles matches, to wrap up their second perfect Little East Conference Regular Season in program history on Saturday afternoon at Bridgewater State's Rosen Memorial Courts.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 7, Bridgewater State University 2

(UMass Boston 8-7, Little East 6-0)

(Bridgewater State 5-6, Little East 3-3)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Already holding a 2-1 lead in doubles, UMass Boston earned wins at number one singles and the bottom four singles flights to secure a 6-0 LEC Regular Season. The Beacons tied the 2013 team which also went 6-0, en-route to the program's second LEC Tournament Title and first-ever NCAA appearance.

Austin DeLasse (Mexico City, Mexico), Alexander Comerchero (Brookline, Mass.) and Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) all went 2-0 in the victory.

The Beacons opened the match with an 8-3 win at third doubles, as Platteel and Guang Huang (Quincy, Mass.) cruised past Alexander Belinsky and Jacob Frazee.

Bridgewater State evened the score with a win at second doubles. Justin Haley and Michael Delisle defeated Tin Tran (Quincy, Mass.) and Josh Bhasin (Tulsa, Okla) 8-4 to tie the match at 1-1. 

UMass Boston took the lead back for good with a win at first doubles. DeLasse and Comerchero easily dispatched Matt McGee and Chris Jastrab 8-4.

The Beacons easily clinched the match victory by winning the first four singles matches that reached decision.

At third singles, Comerchero dropped just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Haley. 

Junior Sanshrut Sharma (Mumbai, India) gave the Beacons a 4-1 lead, when he downed Belinsky 6-3, 6-1 at fifth singles. 

Platteel wrapped up the victory at sixth singles, as the sophomore defeated Joshua Bean 6-1, 6-1.

UMass Boston made it 6-1 when DeLasse took down McGee 6-3, 6-2 at top-flight singles.

The Bears earned their lone singles victory at second singles, with Jastrab defeating Bhasin 6-4, 6-0.

In the final match of the day to finish, Tran earned a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) win at fourth singles. 

BY THE NUMBERS 

  • With the victory, UMass Boston moved above .500 for the first time all season (8-7) and first time since September 21, 2014, when the Beacons opened their season with a 5-4 win over Salve Regina University.
  • Sharma (6-0), Comerchero (5-0) and Tran (5-0) each finished undefeated in LEC singles play. Tran suffered his first doubles loss (4-1) in today's match.
  • Bridgewater's Jastrab went a perfect 6-0 at second singles in LEC play and Haley went 6-0 at second doubles.
  • With their sixth-straight win over Bridgewater State University, the Beacons improved to 15-14 all-time against the Bears.
  • DeLasse moved into a tie for the top-10 for career doubles wins (22) and tied for ninth with his 89 career matches played in Saturday's match. 

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will host a Little East Conference Semifinal match on Thursday. The Beacons will find out their opponent on Tuesday night.