DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Malcolm Neville (Foxboro, Mass.) registered a pair of victories, but the Corsairs dropped a 5-4 decision to Johnson & Wales (R.I.) this afternoon in the 2015 men's tennis home opener.
Neville was the lone UMass Dartmouth student-athlete to record two wins this afternoon as the Corsairs slipped to 1-5. The Foxboro, Mass. product rallied from a one-set deficit to post a 3-6, 6-3, 10-4 victory at No. 5 singles.
In a closely-contested affair, Johnson & Wales (3-1) took a lead they would never relinquish when its second-flight doubles tandem battled back from a late deficit to post a 9-7 victory. Moments earlier, junior Andrew Burdick (Dartmouth, Mass.) and Neville pulled UMass Dartmouth even with an 8-6 decision at No. 3 doubles. The Wildcats cracked the scoring column with an 8-4 win at top-flight doubles.
The Corsairs continued their strong play at the top of the singles lineup, winning the first two flights. Junior Dan Chouinard (Westport, Mass.) lost just three games to earn a straight-set 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles, while classmate Jake Jaskolka (Mattapoisett, Mass.) moved up to No. 2 singles and posted a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win.
However, Johnson & Wales responded by winning three of the final four matches in straight sets to seal the non-conference victory.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, when the Corsairs travel to Salve Regina University.