Emerson Knocks Off Men's Tennis 7-2

Emerson Knocks Off Men's Tennis 7-2

WINCHESTER, Mass.—Emerson College jumped out to a 2-1 lead and held on to defeat UMass Boston men's tennis 7-2 on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference match at the Winchester Tennis Club.

THE BASICS

Emerson College 7, UMass Boston 2

(UMass Boston 1-3)

(Emerson College 7-3)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Beacons seniors Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) and Tin Tran (Saigon, Vietnam) and junior captan Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) combined to earn the Beacons two victories.

After falling behind 1-0, Platteel and Tran teamed up to earn a win at third doubles to even the score. The senior duo held off Brock Higley and Erik DiOrio for an 8-7 (8-6) tiebreak victory.

The Lions claimed a 2-1 lead after doubles play thanks to a tight win at second doubles. Emerson's pairing of Maximo Lawlor and Jeff Pratt defeated Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.) and Mokoka 8-6.

The hosts won the first three flights to finish in singles play to wrap up the victory.

At second singles, Beltran dropped the first set 6-1, before forcing a full third-set with a 6-3 second-set win. In the end, Lawlor clawed his way to a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory.

Emerson also took a tight three-set decision at fourth singles. Higley defeated Platteel 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 to push the lead to 7-1.

In the final match to conclude, Mokoka earned a comeback three-set victory. After dropping the first set 6-3 to Surya Sundararajan, Mokoka stormed back to win the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The Beacons have now played at least one three-set singles match in all four of their matches. Beltran has played back-to-back three-set matches. UMass Boston is 2-0 this year in three-set matches at sixth singles.
  • Leandro Mang (Buneos Aires, Argentina) made his first appearance of the spring. He improved to 2-1 this year in singles play.
  • With the loss, UMass Boston falls to 3-7 all-time against Emerson.
  • Tran made his season debut in doubles. 

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will open Little East Conference play next Saturday, when they travel to take on Salem State University at 1 p.m. The two teams were picked to finish first and second in the LEC Preseason Poll, after Salem State defeated UMass Boston in the 2018 LEC Tournament.