BRUNSWICK, ME -The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team dropped a close match at number one doubles, fell behind, 3-0, and lost to Baruch, 5-0, in a first round match in the NCAA Division III Championships at the Pickard Tennis Courts at Bowdoin College Friday.
The Bearcats pulled out a tight match at number one doubles to take a 3-0 lead going into the singles action. Corsair juniors Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) and Guillaume Cotte (Grenoble, France) had an early service break and led 6-3, but Baruch's Artem Gorbachevskiy and Guy Goren won four consecutive games to take the lead, 7-6. Rathlev and Cotte won the next game, but the Bearcats won the final two games to earn the point.
"We were up, 6-3, and had two games in a row where it was our ad (advantage) and we couldn't win game point," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "Baruch is a good team."
Senior Brian Lui (Medfield, MA/Medfield HS) and junior Mike Parker (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) lost to Philip Bleustein and Joe Laskowski at number three doubles, 8-3, and junior Brennan Dugas (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/New York City Tech) and sophomore Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA/Moses Brown HS) fell to Stephan Muller and Christopher Jenkins at number two doubles by the same score.
Jenkins defeated Lui at number three singles, 6-0, 6-4, and Laskowski downed Bejtlich at number six singles, 6-3, 6-2, Rathlev, Dugas and Parker all won the first set and were leading in the second set in their singles matches, and Cotte dropped the first set but was ahead in the second when the match was terminated, per NCAA rules, after the Bearcats clinched the decision.
"It was a much closer match than the score indicated," said Mendell. "If we had won at number one doubles, we could have been able to come back and win the match, 5-4. They picked up two points in singles before we had a chance to finish. Baruch is a good team, and I feel that we're as good a team as they are. We had a great year, although I hate to see it end like this."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 13-3 with the defeat, while Baruch improved to 16-2 with the victory. The Bearcats advanced to play host Bowdoin Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The match was the final competition of the season for UMass Dartmouth.
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