BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – With the match on the line, junior Patrick Pacheco (Fall River, Mass.) battled out the fourth-set victory for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, as the Corsairs down Bridgewater State 5-4 in Little East Conference action on Tuesday afternoon.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 5, Bridgewater State 4
Records: UMass Dartmouth (4-8, 1-2 LEC) | Bridgewater State (4-3, 2-2 LEC)
How it Happened
Bridgewater State was able to get on the board first with a win at No. 1 doubles. Matt McGee (Warren, R.I.) and Chris Jastrab (Chicago, Ill.) defeated senior Corey Rafter (Franklin, Mass.) and sophomore Anthony Joseph (Fairhaven, Mass.) 8-2. UMass Dartmouth answered the at No. 3 doubles as senior Summer Forest-Bulley (Turners Falls, Mass.) and junior Zach Pavao (Somerset, Mass.) defeated Alexander Belinsky (Norton, Mass.) and Michael Scollins (Marshfield, Mass.) 8-3. The Bears took No. 2 doubles to a score of 8-3, as Pacheco and Justin Torres (Dighton, Mass.) fell to Justin Haley (South Yarmouth, Mass.) and Michael Delisle (Berkley, Mass.)
Pavao evened the match to start singles with his 6-2, 6-1 win over Jacob Frazze (Yarmouth, Mass.) at No. 6. The Bears regained the slight advantage, as McGee defeated Rafter 6-0, 6-2 at the top flight. Forest-Bulley once again drew the Corsairs with his fifth win of the spring at No. 5 singles over Belinsky, 6-3, 7-5. Jastrab would bring the Bears in reach of the win, edging out Joseph 6-0, 1-6, 6-3.
The tightly-contested match would come down to the final two singles pairings. At No. 4, Torres defeated Delisle 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 with a commanding third set. With the deciding point on the line, No. 3 singles pushed out to four sets. Pacheco fought for every point after Haley took a quick first set, seizing a 2-6, 7-5, 7-6, 7-5 final score.
Inside the Numbers
- With the victory, UMass Dartmouth has taken the last seven meetings with the Bears, with the last Bridgewater State win coming on April 13, 2010.
The Corsairs head home to host Curry on Thursday. The two schools will begin action starting at 3:30 p.m.