WEYMOUTH, Mass. – The No. 2-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth battled throughout to keep the match close until the very end, but top-seeded UMass Boston eventually edged out the 5-2 win in Saturday's Little East Conference Men's Tennis Championship at the Weymouth Club.
Score: UMass Boston 5, UMass Dartmouth 2
Records: UMass Boston (10-7) | UMass Dartmouth (8-11)
How it Happened
The Beacons turned out two quick point at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to start. Austin DeLasse (Mexico City, Mexico) and Alexander Comerchero (Brookline, Mass.) defeating senior Corey Rafter (Franklin, Mass.) and junior Patrick Pacheco (Fall River, Mass.) 8-2 at the top flight. At No. 3, senior Summer Forest-Bulley (Turners Falls, Mass.) and junior Zach Pavao (Somerset, Mass.) also fell to an 8-2 score to UMass Boston's Guang Huang (Quincy, Mass.) and Ray Platteel (Holbrook, Mass.)
UMass Dartmouth's Anthony Joseph (Fairhaven, Mass.) and Justin Torres (Dighton, Mass.) held strong at the second flight, fighting back from being down 5-4 to deliver the Corsairs' first point. The duo clinched a 7-4 tiebreak set to win 9-8 over Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) and Tin Tran (Quincy, Mass.).
Entering singles, UMass Boston bumped up to a 3-1 score with Sanshrut Sharma's (Mumbai, India) 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 5 over Forest-Bulley. The Corsairs cut back within a point soon after, when Torres finished off Tran 6-2, 6-1. At the top flight, DeLasse pushed the Beacons within the final match with a hard-fought 6-4 first set before taking the second 6-1 over Rafter.
Eventually, the Beacons would clinch the title on Josh Bhasin's (Tulsa, Okla.) pair of 6-2, 6-2 sets over Joseph at No. 2.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth has advanced to three LEC Championship matches in the last five seasons, most recently against Southern Maine in 2015. The Corsairs last claimed the league title in 2012.
- UMass Boston earns the conference crown for the first season since 2013. The Beacons previously fell to Southern Maine in the title match last spring.
- The Corsairs total eight wins for the first time since 2013, closing at 8-11 overall and a 4-2 slate in conference play.
- UMass Boston previously dispatched the Corsairs 9-0 during the regular season on April 2.