DII Saint Michael's College Snaps Men's Tennis' Winning Streak

DII Saint Michael's College Snaps Men's Tennis' Winning Streak

COLCHESTER, Vt.—Freshman Nandish Shah (Ahmedabad, India) claimed a three-set win at first singles, to account for UMass Boston men's tennis' lone point on Sunday against Division II Saint Michael's College.

THE BASICS

Saint Michael's College 6, UMass Boston 1

(UMass Boston 5-4)

(Saint Michael's 5-12)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Beacons put up a big fight against the host Purple Knights, but couldn't come up with their fifth-straight victory.

Sunday's match was played by DII rules, so the doubles matches were played first to six games and only one point was awarded for doubles play.

The hosts claimed the doubles point, thanks to wins at second (6-2) and first doubles (6-4) to open the match.

Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) and Roy Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) kept up their red-hot play, as the brothers Platteel earned a tiebreaker win at third doubles by a 7-6 (7-4) score.

Saint Michael's pushed their lead out to 3-0, thanks to back-to-back wins at second and fourth singles.

The Purple Knights clinched the match victory in a three-set match at third singles. Roy Platteel dropped the first set 6-4, before coming through with a 6-3 second set win. In the third and final set, Colby Antonacci held on for a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory.

Ivan Llona made it 5-0 overall, as he defeated Ray Platteel 6-1, 6-4 at fifth singles.

Shah earned the Beacons lone point of the day at first singles. The freshman took the first set from Dan Foley 7-5, before falling 6-4 in the second set. Shah bounced back to take the match 7-5-, 4-6, 6-2.

In the final match to conclude, Jake Remillard and UMass Boston captain Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) went the distance at sixth singles. Mokoka took the third set 6-4, only to fall 7-6 (7-4) in a second-set tiebreaker. With the match decision already concluded, Remillard won the third-set super tiebreaker 11-9 to take the match 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 11-9.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • The Beacons have not defeated a Division II side since 1995.
  • Senior Tin Tran (Saigon, Vietnam) won an exhibition match at seventh singles by a 7-6 (7-5) final score. 
  • Ray Platteel has now won seven-straight doubles matches, including five in a row with his brother Roy.
  • After losing his first two singles matches of the spring, Shah has won each of his past four matches at number one singles.
  • Sunday's match marked the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will close out their four-match road trip, when they travel to Curry College on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.