Men's Tennis Drops Season Opener 7-2 At Colby-Sawyer

Men's Tennis Drops Season Opener 7-2 At Colby-Sawyer

NEW LONDON, N.H.—Despite a perfect day from senior Eglis Bizhoti (Kucovë, Albania), UMass Boston fell 7-2 to Colby-Sawyer College Sunday afternoon in the Beacons opener at the Kelsey Courts.

With the win Colby-Sawyer improves to 2-1 on the year, while the Beacons fall to 0-1 to begin their championship defense.

Bizhoti teamed up with fellow senior Sean Cullen (Medway, Mass.) to earn a victory at number two doubles, before earning a two-set win at number foru singles. 

The home team took a 2-1 advantage after doubles play. 

Nathan Taschereau and Myles Utell combined for an 8-3 win over David Hernandez (Bogota, Colombia) and Charles Lai (Boston, Mass.) at the top flight.

Jay Garcia (Madras, Oregon) and Sang Nguyen (Saugus, Mass.) teamed up for the first time in their careers at number three doubles, but fell to Sergio Spassof and Dean Boodakian by an 8-2 score. 

The Beacons lone doubles point came at number two, where Bizhoti and Cullen edged Justin Pinard and Cass McCann, 8-6. 

Colby-Sawyer took control of the match in singles play, winning five of six matches.

Clay Allen opened up singles play with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Nguyen, one of five newcomers on the Beacons roster.

The Chargers extended the lead to 4-1 at number six singles, as senior Brian Sou (Revere, Mass.) made his return for UMass Boston, but fell 6-0, 6-1 to Spassof.

Tascherau downed Cullen 6-3, 6-1 in number one singles, in a partial rematch of Friday afternoon's Round of 32 Doubles match in the ITA New England Regional Tournament.

Bizhoti cut the deficit to 5-2 for UMass Boston, when he earned a 6-1, 6-4 win at number four singles.

Colby-Sawyer College closed out the match with two more wins, as McCann defeated Lai 6-1, 6-4 at number three singles, and Utell downed Hernandez 6-2, 6-4 at second flight singles

The Chargers travel to Regis College on October 12, while the Beacons will play at the Eastern Nazarene Invitational next Saturday.