Emerson Knocks Off Men's Tennis 7-2

Emerson Knocks Off Men's Tennis 7-2

WINCHESTER, Mass.—Emerson College jumped out to a 2-1 lead and held on to defeat UMass Boston men's tennis 7-2 on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference match at the Winchester Tennis Club.


Emerson College 7, UMass Boston 2

(UMass Boston 1-3)

(Emerson College 7-3)


Beacons seniors Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) and Tin Tran (Saigon, Vietnam) and junior captan Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) combined to earn the Beacons two victories.

After falling behind 1-0, Platteel and Tran teamed up to earn a win at third doubles to even the score. The senior duo held off Brock Higley and Erik DiOrio for an 8-7 (8-6) tiebreak victory.

The Lions claimed a 2-1 lead after doubles play thanks to a tight win at second doubles. Emerson's pairing of Maximo Lawlor and Jeff Pratt defeated Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.) and Mokoka 8-6.

The hosts won the first three flights to finish in singles play to wrap up the victory.

At second singles, Beltran dropped the first set 6-1, before forcing a full third-set with a 6-3 second-set win. In the end, Lawlor clawed his way to a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory.

Emerson also took a tight three-set decision at fourth singles. Higley defeated Platteel 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 to push the lead to 7-1.

In the final match to conclude, Mokoka earned a comeback three-set victory. After dropping the first set 6-3 to Surya Sundararajan, Mokoka stormed back to win the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.


  • The Beacons have now played at least one three-set singles match in all four of their matches. Beltran has played back-to-back three-set matches. UMass Boston is 2-0 this year in three-set matches at sixth singles.
  • Leandro Mang (Buneos Aires, Argentina) made his first appearance of the spring. He improved to 2-1 this year in singles play.
  • With the loss, UMass Boston falls to 3-7 all-time against Emerson.
  • Tran made his season debut in doubles. 


UMass Boston will open Little East Conference play next Saturday, when they travel to take on Salem State University at 1 p.m. The two teams were picked to finish first and second in the LEC Preseason Poll, after Salem State defeated UMass Boston in the 2018 LEC Tournament.