BRIDGEWATER, Mass.—UMass Boston men's tennis easily knocked off host Bridgewater State University 8-1, to capture a share of the third-straight Little East Conference Regular Season Title.
UMass Boston 8, Bridgewater State 1
(UMass Boston 10-4, Little East 6-0)
(Bridgewater State 2-8, Little East 1-5)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the win, UMass Boston guaranteed they will finish no worse than a three-way tie for first place in the Little East at 6-1. The Beacons can capture the outright title and number one seed on Saturday, if they defeat host Rhode Island College.
UMass Boston used eight different players in the match, with seven Beacons picking up at least one victory.
The Beacons jumped all over the hosts beginning in doubles play.
The Brothers Platteel kicked off the match with a dominant 8-1 win at second doubles.
UMass Boston made it 2-0 at third doubles, as Comerchero and Mokoka knocked off Joshua Bean and Kendan DeBlois 8-2.
With the Beacons out to a big lead, head coach Charles Lai shuffled the singles lineup.
Mokoka moved up to fourth singles and earned a 6-4, 6-0 win over Bean to give the Beacons a 4-0 advantage.
Comerchero clinched the match win at second singles, as the sophomore captured a 6-4, 6-0 victory.
Roy Platteel gave the Beacons a 6-0 overall lead, when he earned a 6-2, 6-4 win at first singles.
Senior Tin Tran (Saigon, Vietnam) took home a win at sixth singles. He took the first set 6-1, before falling 6-4 in the second. Tran bounced back to claim a 6-4, 4-6, 10-4 overall win.
Ray Platteel captured the Beacons' final point of the day. The senior earned a 6-3, 4-6, 11-9 three-set, super tiebreaker victory.
In the final match to finish, Bridgewater State's DeBlois defeated Beacons sophomore Leandro Mang (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 6-4, 6-4 at fifth singles.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons are not only 6-0 in Little East play, but the Beacons stayed perfect in doubles play (18-0) in conference action.
- With the Beacons wins at second singles (7-6) and second doubles (7-6), UMass Boston now has a winning record at every position in their lineup.
- Ray and Roy Platteel are each riding 10-match winning streaks between doubles and singles play.
- UMass Boston earned their ninth-straight win over the Bears. The Beacons lead the all-time series 18-14.
- Overall, the Beacons have won five-straight matches and nine in a row against D3 foes.
The Beacons will close out their non-conference schedule on Thursday, when they travel to Clark University for a 3 p.m. match.