CAMBRIDGE, MA-Alex Loyer defeated UMass Dartmouth junior Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA/Moses Brown HS) in the decisive match at number three singles, 6-4, 6-4, and UMass Boston downed the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's tennis team, 5-4, in the Little East Conference Tournament championship match at the duPont Tennis Courts on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus Saturday.
The match was tied at 4-4 when Loyer prevailed, giving the Beacons the title and the conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Championships next week. Loyer was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
UMass Boston won two of the three doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead going into singles. At number three, Eglis Bizhoti and Seth Shavers of the Beacons defeated sophomore Ray Lawton (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) and junior Jonathan Reagan (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS), 8-2. UMB's Charles Lai and Alex Loyer downed senior Brennan Dugas (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/New York City Tech) and freshman Dan Chouinard (Westport, MA/Westport HS) at number two, 8-2. UMass Dartmouth senior Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) and junior Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA/Moses Brown HS) defeated the Beacons' Sean Cullen and David Hernandez at number doubles, 8-1.
Lai put UMB ahead, 3-1, when he defeated Lawton at number four singles, 6-2, 6-0; but Rathlev made it 3-2 when he topped Shavers at number one, 6-0, 6-2. Dugas won at number two singles when Hernandez retired. Hernandez won the first set, 6-4, and Dugas was ahead in the second set, 4-3, when the match ended, tying the score at 3-3.
At number six, Bizhoti defeated Neville, 6-4, 6-2, and Chouinard defeated Shavers at number five, 6-0, 6-2, evening the match at 4-4.
"I was disappointed that we didn't win more matches in the doubles," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "I was hoping that we would be able to pull out two wins. UMass Boston is a good team. They played very well, and they played better than we did today."
Mass Dartmouth dropped to 9-4 with the defeat, while UMass Boston improved to 14-3 with the victory. The Beacons advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships. The match was the final competition of the season for UMass Dartmouth.
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