Men's Tennis Opens Fall Season At Nichols College Invitational

Men's Tennis Opens Fall Season At Nichols College Invitational

DUDLEY, Mass.—UMass Boston men's tennis opened their 2019 fall season Sunday afternoon at the Nichols College Invitational.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Beacons won the consolation finals in three different brackets to put together a strong showing in their season opener.

In doubles play, both UMass Boston pairs rebounded from an opening round loss to win the consolation finals.

In the A Doubles draw, senior Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) and junior Alexander Comerchero (Brookline, Mass.) overcame an 8-1 setback in their opener to win back-to-back matches.

The duo responded with a lengthy 8-7 (8-6) win over Clark University's Sam Poman and Matt Lee in the consolation semifinals. They then dominated Springfield College's Jack Anastopulos and Freddie Moffa 8-1 in the consolation A finals.

Senior Sal Albano (Haverhill, Mass.) and freshman Rez Yuspi (Somerville, Mass.) followed a similar path in the B doubles draw.

The pair fell by a tight 8-6 score to Clark's Holden Moore and Nathan Kapiloff in their opening match.

They responded with an 8-4 victory over Regis College's Josh Nolen and Lenny Tam.  In the consolation B finals, they easily dispatched Nichols College's David Reyes Vindel and Brendan Stierli 8-2 to win the draw. 

In singles action, sophomore Nandish Shah (Ahmedabad, India) and freshman Kevin Kubinec (East Boston, Mass.) represented the Beacons.

Shah dropped his opening match 6-4, 6-0 to eventual singles champion Nick Mathieu of Clark in the A singles draw. Shah bounced back with an 8-6 win over Springfield Jack Wheeler in the consolation A finals.

In the C Singles draw, Kubinec played a tight first match against Greg Baker of Springfield but fell 6-4, 6-4. In the consolation match, Clark's Alex Hattenbach defeated Kubinec 8-5.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Sunday's tournament marked the collegiate debuts for Yuspi and Kubinec. 
  • The Beacons will face Regis (March 31) and Clark (April 16) in dual matches during their spring season. 
  • Today's tournament marked the first invitational the Beacons' men program has participated in since the Beacons Men's Doubles Invitational on September 16, 2017. 
  • Albano doubled his career doubles win total on Sunday. The senior captain did not play in a singles match as a junior and won one match as a sophomore. 

WHO'S NEXT  

The Beacons will host Salve Regina University next Sunday for a dual match at 1:00 p.m.