Men's Tennis Captures First Win Of 2019, Downs Suffolk 8-1

Men's Tennis Captures First Win Of 2019, Downs Suffolk 8-1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—UMass Boston men's tennis swept all six singles matches, to help first-year head coach Charles Lai earn his first career win on Thursday evening.

THE BASICS

UMass Boston 8, Suffolk University 1

(UMass Boston 2-3)

(Suffolk University 1-4)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Four different Beacons finished 2-0, to help UMass Boston snap a three-game losing streak and earn their first win in 2019.

With the win, Lai earns his first win as head coach of the men's and women's tennis programs. Lai was named the interim head coach late in the fall and officially was named head coach of both programs in early 2019.

Nandish Shah (Ahmedabad, India), Alexander Comerchero (Brookline, Mass.), Roy Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) and Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) all went 2-0 in the victory.

The Platteel brothers got the Beacons off on the right foot at third doubles, as the duo cruised to an 8-1 win to start the match.

UMass Boston pushed their lead to 2-0 at first singles, as Shah and Comerchero combined for an 8-4 victory.

Suffolk cut the deficit to 2-1 after doubles with a win at second doubles. Rami Esrawi and Chris Parnagian held off Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.) and Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) 8-6.

The Beacons quickly took the momentum back to start singles play, as they dropped a combined three games over three singles matches to earn the match victory.

Ray Platteel secured the first singles victory, as he defeated Davis Altimonte 6-0, 6-1 at fifth singles.

Senior Tin Tran (Saigon, Vietnam) pushed the lead to 4-1 with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Hasan Esrawi at sixth singles.

Shah secured the match win with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Mike DeFelice at first singles.

Beltran pushed the Beacons lead to 6-1, when the sophomore defeated Parnagian 7-5, 6-1.

UMass Boston added a win at fourth singles with Comerchero notching a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

In the final match of the day to finish, Roy Platteel knocked off R. Esrawi 6-1, 6-3.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Despite only having four courts to play on, UMass Boston defeated the Rams in an efficient two-and-a-half hours.
  • Sophomore Leandro Mang (Buenos Aires, Argentina) played an exhibition match and won 8-0.
  • Shah finished 2-0 in a match for the first time in his collegiate career.
  • With the win, UMass Boston extended their winning streak to six in a row over their Boston rivals. UMass Boston is 21-13 all-time against the Rams.
  • Both of the Beacons wins this season have come by identical 8-1 scores.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will play their Little East Conference and home opener on Saturday, when they host the University of Southern Maine at 1 p.m.