QUINCY, MA-Junior Guillaume Cotte (Grenoble, France) won the tie-breaking match at number one singles to allow the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team to come from behind to defeat host Eastern Nazarene, 5-4, in a non-conference match at the ENC Courts Wednesday.
Cotte rallied from a 5-1 first set deficit to dispatch Austin Steelman, 7-5, 7-6, winning the second set tie-breaker, 7-5, to give the Corsairs the deciding point in the match.
The Lions won two of the three doubles matches, then took a 3-1 lead when Sam McKay defeated senior Brian Lui (Medfield, MA/Medfield HS) at number three singles, 6-0, 6-0. Freshman Ray Lawton (Fairhaven, MA/ Fairhaven HS) made it 3-2 when he defeated Nick Thompson at number five singles, 6-3, 6-1. Junior Zach Engstrom (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) downed Tyler Perron at number six, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), and sophomore Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA/Morris Brown HS) defeated Tim Luz at number four, 6-3, 6-1; but ENC's Brandon Lum downed junior Mike Parker (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) at number two, 6-3, 6-3, setting the stage for the decisive match at number one.
"It was a great match, both teams played well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "Our team showed a lot of intestinal fortitude. It was great to see Guillaume come through in number one singles, and Zach and Ray also did a great job in singles."
The Corsairs improved to 3-1 with the victory, while the Lions dropped to 7-6 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Salve Regina Thursday.
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