Men's Tennis Downs Salem State In LEC Title Match Rematch

Men's Tennis Downs Salem State In LEC Title Match Rematch

SALEM, Mass.—UMass Boston men's tennis won each of the first five points, to knock off defending Little East Conference Tournament Champion Salem State University in a rematch of the 2018 LEC Title Match.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 7, Salem State 2

(UMass Boston 4-3, Little East 2-0)

(Salem State 1-3, Little East 1-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Four different Beacons finished 2-0, to help the Beacons knock off the preseason favorite in the LEC Coaches' Preseason Poll.

Nandish Shah (Ahmedabad, India), Roy Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.), Alexander Comerchero (Brookline, Mass.) and Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) all went unbeaten on the day.

UMass Boston got off to a huge start in the match by sweeping the doubles matches.

Roy and Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) opened the match with a dominant 8-1 win at third doubles.

The Beacons pushed their advantage to 2-0, when Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.) and Mokoka knocked off Andrew Muttiah and Moses Ba 8-5 at second doubles.

UMass Boston completed the sweep at number one singles. Shah and Comerchero defeated Roni Bazile and Chen Chen 8-4 to give the Beacons a 3-0 lead.

Shah earned a statement win at number one singles, as the Beacons freshman defeated Muttiah, the 2018 LEC Player and Rookie of the Year, 6-1, 6-2 in the first singles to match to finish.

Mokoka clinched the match victory, when he cruised to a 6-4, 6-4 over Ba at sixth singles.

The final four matches to conclude would be a lot more competitive, as all four went to three sets.

Comerchero bounced back from a first set loss (7-5), to earn a 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 win over Mitchell Dyer at fourth singles.

Salem State earned their first point of the day thanks to a marathon third-set, super tiebreaker win at fifth singles. Ray Platteel took the first set (6-4) from Noah Hodgkins, but the Salem State player rallied to earn a 6-4 second-set win of his own. In the super tiebreaker to 10, Hodgkins outlasted Platteel 4-6, 6-4, 18-16 to earn the win.

Bazile cut the match deficit to 6-2 overall, with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 comeback win over Beltran at second singles.

In the final match to finish, Roy Platteel knocked off Chen 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 10-5 in a comeback, third set super tiebreaker win.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Shah and Comerchero have each gone 2-0 in three consecutive matches. The Beacons' top doubles duo have dropped just nine games across those three matches (24-9).
  • The two teams split the three-set matches (2-2). Last season, the two teams combined for just one three-set singles match across their two matches, with Salem State winning it at first singles.
  • UMass Boston has now won eight-straight regular-season matches against the Vikings. The Beacons trail in the all-time series 22-16.
  • With the win, UMass Boston has now started LEC play 2-0 for the third-straight season.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will play a pair of road matches in Vermont over the weekend. The Beacons will take on LEC foe Castleton University on Saturday at 1 p.m., before taking on Division II Saint Michael's College on Sunday at Noon.