PAWTUCKET, R.I.—Led by Little East Conference Player and Rookie of the Year Nandish Shah (Ahmedabad, India), UMass Boston men's tennis placed four players on the Little East Conference All-Conference Team, the league office announced Wednesday afternoon.
Shah is the first player in program history to be named the Little East Conference Player of the Year. He is the fifth student-athlete in program history to earn LEC Rookie of the Year honors and fourth player in the past five seasons.
Shah was joined on the Little East Conference First Team for singles by his doubles partner Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.). The Beacons number one pairing and the Brothers Platteel, Roy Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) and Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.), all earned First Team All-Conference Doubles honors. Roy Platteel added the Beacons final all-conference award, as he was named to the LEC Second Team for singles.
Shah put together a masterful freshman season. The Beacons number one singles player did not lose a match in conference play (12-0) and finished with a 5-0 mark at number one singles against LEC foes. On the season, Shah posted a 12-2 mark at number one singles and he has won 11-straight singles matches. He has tacked on 13 wins (13-4) at number one doubles, including an 8-1 mark when playing alongside Beltran.
Overall, Shah has registered a 25-6 record. His 25 wins in a single-season rank second on the Beacons this season (behind Ray Platteel's 26 wins) and tied for 11th in program history. Shah was named the LEC Player of the Week three times this spring and the LEC Rookie of the Week on four occasions. He earned one of his biggest wins of the season on April 2, when he defeated last year's LEC Player and Rookie of the Year, Salem State's Andrew Muttiah, 6-1, 6-2 at number one singles.
Beltran collects his second career First Team All-Conference honors for singles and doubles, after posting another dominant season. For the second-straight year, Beltran anchored the Beacons lineup at number two singles and number one doubles. This season, Beltran has posted a 9-5 mark in singles, with 13 of his 14 matches coming at number two singles. He has also recorded an 11-5 doubles record, with nine of his 16 matches played at number one doubles.
Overall, the sophomore has posted a 20-10 mark, as he has seen huge increases wins in both singles and doubles. In conference play, Beltran finished 4-2 in singles and a perfect 7-0 in doubles matches. He played his best tennis during the LEC Tournament, as he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament after going 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Championship Match against second-seeded Salem State University.
In any other season, Roy Platteel would have been a candidate for the LEC Rookie of the Year, after putting together an extremely strong debut campaign. The two-time LEC Rookie of the Week posted a 22-7 overall record, with most of his time spent at number three singles and number two and number three doubles. In singles action, Roy finished 8-4 and 4-0 in conference matches. The freshman went 1-0 at number one and two singles, 6-3 at number three singles and 0-1 in his only match at fourth singles. In his only match of the season at number one singles, Roy knocked off Bridgewater State's Jeff Pavao 6-2, 6-4.
He teamed up with his brother Ray to form one of the most formidable doubles pairings in the entire LEC. The Brothers Platteel combined to go 14-1 on the season, including a 7-0 mark in conference play. They started the season playing at number three doubles and went a perfect 8-0, before moving into the second doubles slot and recording a 5-1 mark. Overall, Ray is 16-2 in doubles, while Roy is 14-3. Ray's 16 doubles wins are tied for the program record for a single-season. The All-Conference honor marks the first All-Conference award of Ray's career.
UMass Boston will take on Stevens Institute of Technology on Friday in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. The match will be played at Amherst College and will start at either Noon (outdoors) or 10 a.m. (indoors) depending on the weather.