PROVIDENCE, R.I.—UMass Boston men's tennis made quick work of host Rhode Island College, to wrap up an undefeated Little East Conference Regular Season and the top seed in the upcoming LEC Tournament.
UMass Boston 8, Rhode Island College 1
(UMass Boston 11-5, Little East 7-0)
(Rhode Island College 9-4, Little East 5-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Needing to win just three points to wrap up the number one seed, UMass Boston won each of the first five matches to claim their third-straight LEC Regular Season Title.
Nandish Shah (Ahmedabad, India), Miguel Beltran (Ashland, Mass.), Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) and Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) all went 2-0 in the Beacons' final match of the regular season.
The Beacons opened the match by sweeping doubles for the seventh-straight match against LEC competition.
Shah and Beltran earned the first point of the day, when they teamed up for a 7-2 win at number one doubles.
The Beacons pushed their lead to 2-0, as Alexander Comerchero (Brookline, Mass.) and Mokoka delivered an 8-2 win at third doubles.
In the final doubles match to finish, Roy Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.) and his brother Ray combined for an 8-3 victory at second doubles.
Shah pushed UMass Boston's lead to 4-0, as the freshman blanked his opponent 6-0, 6-0 at number one singles.
Beltran clinched the match win at second singles, when he delivered a 6-4, 6-2 win over Chandler Scott.
Rhode Island College's Matt Gambardella earned the only win of the day for the Anchormen at third singles. Gambardella defeated Comerchero 6-2, 4-6, 10-8 in a three-set super tiebreaker.
Senior Tin Tran (Saigon, Vietnam) got the Beacons back on track with a 6-2, 6-2 win at sixth singles.
Ray Platteel extended the lead to 7-1, when he knocked off Ethan Hoy 6-4, 7-5.
In the final match to finish, Mokoka earned a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win at fifth singles.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston has now won the LEC Regular Season Title four times (2013, 2017-2019). The Beacons also went undefeated in conference play in in 2013 and 2017, but have never gone 7-0 before in conference play.
- This year's team was statistically the most dominant regular-season champion amongst the four. The Beacons won 90.4 percent of their overall matches in conference, including all 21 doubles matches.
- Shah (12-0), Roy Platteel (11-0) and Tran (4-0) all went undefeated in conference play.
- With the win, UMass Boston earned their 10th-straight win over the Anchormen and improved to 17-15 against Rhode Island College.
- Ray Platteel is now tied for fifth in program history for doubles win in a single-season with 14. He needs two more wins to tie Dana Gleason ('95) and Charles Lai ('15) for the most wins in a single-season (16).
UMass Boston will host the Little East Conference Semifinals (Friday May 3) and Finals (Saturday May 4) at the Weymouth Tennis Club. The Beacons will take on the winner of #4 UMass Dartmouth and #5 Western Connecticut State on Friday at Noon in the lower bubble at the Weymouth Tennis Club.