BOSTON, Mass.—Division II Saint Michael's College swept doubles, en-route to handing men's tennis their first loss of the 2019-20 season Sunday afternoon.
Saint Michael's College 9, UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 1-1)
(Saint Michael's College 3-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sophomore Nandish Shah (Ahmedabad, India) put together one of the best showings of any Beacon on Sunday. He was the only Beacon to win a set during singles play and teamed up with Alexander Comerchero (Brookline, Mass.) for a tight 8-4 loss at number one singles.
Saint Michael's leapt out to a 3-0 lead after doubles, as they earned 8-1 wins at number two and three doubles and an 8-4 victory at first doubles.
Seb Tonini gave the visitors a 4-0 advantage at number five singles, when he defeated Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) 6-3, 6-2.
Saint Michael's clinched the match win at first singles. Josh Weiss knocked off Comerchero 6-1, 6-3 in the deciding match.
Freshmen Kevin Kubinec (East Boston, Mass.) made a late comeback at third singles, but he ultimately fell 6-2, 6-4 to Jason Boucher.
In the tightest match of the day, Shah and Saint Michael's Connor Scott went the full three sets. Shah took the first set 6-2, before Scott answered back with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory.
Michael Rosen made it 8-0 in favor of Saint Michael's, when he defeated Rez Yuspi (Somerville, Mass.) 6-1, 6-1 at fourth singles.
In the final match to finish, Constantin Krogh defeated Jay Cyriaque (Boston, Mass.) 6-0, 6-4 at sixth singles.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win, Saint Michael's College improved to 3-0 on the season against Division III competition. The Purple Knights are a perfect 25-0 in their three matches this season.
- Prior to Sunday's match, UMass Boston was 7-3 in doubles matches.
- The Beacons are now 0-2 all-time against Saint Michael's College. Last season, the Purple Knights defeated the Beacons 6-1.
Sunday's contest wraps up the Beacons' fall schedule. UMass Boston will return to action in February, when they travel to take on Emerson College on February 15 at 1 p.m.