April 26, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team broke a 2-2 tie by winning the final five singles matches and defeated visiting Rhode Island College, 7-2, in a Little East Conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tuesday.
Senior Taha Souayah (Ariana, Tunisia) broke the tie when he defeated freshman Brad Lamoureux (Pawtucket, RI/Tolman HS) at number six singles, 6-4, 6-2. .Sophomore Mike Parker (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) put UMD ahead, 4-2, with a 6-4, 6-2 win over senior Mike Aiello (Scituate, RI/Scituate HS) at number three singles, and junior Brennan Dugas (East Falmouth, MA/ Falmouth HS/New York City Tech) downed freshman Alex Werchadlo (Woonsocket, RI/Cumberland HS) at number two singles, 6-3, 6-1, to clinch the verdict.
Freshman Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA/Moses Brown HS) and sophomore Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) finished the match by winning a pair of split set matches. Freshman Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA/Moses Brown HS) came from behind to down freshman Kyle Kelaghan (East Greenwich, RI/East Greenwich HS) at number four singles, 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), and Rathlev won a super-tiebreaker for the third set to defeat senior Nate Rebello (Pawtucket, RI/Tolman HS) at number one singles, 6-4, 4-6, (10-8).
"The key matches were number one singles, number four singles, and number six singles," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "Taha played well at number six, and Matt and Karsten played very well to keep RIC from coming back. It was good to see our top four singles players and our top doubles team remain undefeated."
The Corsairs improved to 7-0 and 4-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Anchormen dropped to 9-4 and 4-1 in LEC play with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Bridgewater State Wednesday. RIC will visit Western Connecticut State Wednesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TENNIS