Men's Tennis Rallies For 7-2 Win over Johnson & Wales (R.I.)

Men's Tennis Rallies For 7-2 Win over Johnson & Wales (R.I.)

WEYMOUTH, Mass.—UMass Boston swept all six singles matches, to earn a comeback 7-2 win over Johnson & Wales University (R.I.) Tuesday afternoon at the Weymouth Tennis Club. 

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 7, Johnson & Wales 2

(UMass Boston 8-4)

(Johnson & Wales 9-6) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

After falling behind 2-1 after doubles, the Beacons did not drop a set in singles play, to earn their seventh-straight win against Division III competition. 

Senior Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) and freshman Roy Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) each went 2-0 to lead the Beacons in the victory. 

The brothers Platteel opened the match on a high note, as the pair cruised to an 8-1 win at third doubles. 

Johnson & Wales answered back with a win at first doubles. Gianna Rodrigues and Alexander Rohana defeated Nandish Shah (Ahmedabad, India) and Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.) 8-3. 

In the closest of the three doubles matches, Johnson & Wales held off a late challenge from Alexander Comerchero (Brookline, Mass.) and Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) to earn an 8-5 win at second doubles. 

Mokoka evened the match at 2-2, when he easily dispatched Joe McGuigan 6-2, 6-2 at sixth singles. 

UMass Boston reclaimed the lead for good at fifth singles, as Ray Platteel knocked off Robert Michalofsky 6-2, 6-1. 

Beltran pushed the Beacons lead to 4-2 at second singles. After a slow start, the Beacons sophomore earned a 6-3, 6-2 overall win over Rohana. 

The Beacons clinched the match victory at fourth singles. Comerchero and Steven Heizler went back-and-forth in the first set, before Comerchero claimed a late break and then won his service game to earn a 7-5 first set win. It would be all Comerchero in the second set, as he closed out the win 7-5, 6-0. 

Shah kept the momentum going at first singles, as the Beacons freshman defeated Will Lyons 7-5, 6-2. 

In the final match to finish, Roy Platteel needed a tiebreaker to defeat Rodrigues in straight sets at third singles. Platteel easily took the first set 6-1, before having to fight back to force a tiebreaker in the second set. He would go up 5-1 in the tiebreak, before Rodrigues rushed back to tie it at 5-5. Platteel won the final two points, to earn a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) victory at third singles. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Tuesday's match marked the Beacons' first comeback win of the season. The Beacons were 0-3 in matches they trailed after doubles prior to today.  
  • With the win, UMass Boston snapped a three-match losing streak against the Wildcats. The Beacons improved to 4-12 all-time against Johnson & Wales. 
  • Ray Platteel saw his 46-game winning streak come to an end in the seventh game of his third doubles match. Ray and Roy Platteel improved to 9-0 on the year in doubles. 
  • UMass Boston improved to 3-0 on the season in home matches. 

WHO'S NEXT 

UMass Boston will travel to Clark University on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in their final non-conference match of the season. The match is Clark's Senior Day and also their American Cancer Society Match.