Endicott College Defeats Men's Tennis 6-3 In Beacons' Spring Opener

Endicott College Defeats Men's Tennis 6-3 In Beacons' Spring Opener

BEVERLY, Mass.—UMass Boston jumped out to an early 2-1 lead after doubles, but the Beacons could not hold on in a 6-3 non-conference loss to Endicott College in the Beacons' 2019 spring opener. 

THE BASICS

Endicott College 6, UMass Boston 3

(Endicott College 3-3) 
(UMass Boston 1-2) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

2017 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year Alexander Comerchero (Brookline, Mass.) finished 2-0 in his return to the team. After taking off the 2017-18 season and not playing in the fall, Comerchero earned the Beacons' lone singles victory-a 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 win at third singles over Thomas Brent. 

Comerchero also teamed up with freshman Nandish Shah (Ahmedabad, India) for an 8-4 win at number one doubles. 

The Beacons final win came at third doubles, as junior captain Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) and freshman Roy Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) combined for an 8-4 win. 

UMass Boston was extremely competitive at most of the other flights, including two three-set super-tiebreaker matches at second and foruth singles. 

At second-flight singles, Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.) took the first set 6-1, but fell just short in the second set and super tiebreak against Charles Book (1-6, 7-5, 12-10). 

Roy Platteel also took the first set at fourth singles (6-3), before dropping a 3-6, 6-2, 10-6 match at fourth singles. 

Shah put up a big fight at first singles against Daniel Rinkert (7-5, 6-4). 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Comerchero was playing his first competitive match since May 11, 2017, when the Beacons fell to Nichols College in the 2017 NCAA Tournament First Round. 
  • The Beacons fall to 0-2 all-time against the Gulls, after dropping an 8-1 decision last April. 
  • Saturday's match marked the first career match of Charles Lai's ('15) coaching tenure. The Beacons all-time, program wins leader was officially named the full-time head coach in February.  

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will travel to St. John's Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts next Saturday at a time to be determined, to take on non-conference foe Emerson College. The match marks the Beacons' final non-conference tuneup before Little East Conference play begins.