May 5, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team swept the doubles matches and went on to defeat Southern Maine, 5-0, in the semi-finals of the Little East Conference tournament at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Thursday.
Sophomore Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS), and junior Brennan Dugas (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/New York City Tech) got the Corsairs started, defeating junior Matt Larson (Cape Elizabeth, ME/Profile HS) and senior Mike Sarrizin (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston HS) at number one doubles, 8-0. At number two doubles, sophomore Mike Parker (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) and freshman Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA/Moses Brown HS) downed senior Zach Caron (North Conway, NH/Kennett HS) and sophomore Jon Sproul (Bristol, ME/Lincoln Academy), 8-2. Junior Brian Lui (Medfield, MA/Medfield HS) and sophomore Mike Giaquinto (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS) defeated freshman Chris Ross (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) and freshman Corey Dyke (Monmouth, ME/Monmouth Academy) at number three doubles, 8-5.
Rathlev defeated Caron at number one singles, 6-3, 6-2, and Parker won the clinching match, downing Sproul at number three singles, 6-1, 6-1. In the LEC playoffs, the match ends when one team has won five matches.
"All three doubles teams played great," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "Brian Lui and Mike Giaquinto played probably their best match of the season in doubles, and Mike Parker won the deciding match with his usual steady, consistent play. He doesn't look like he's doing anything-all he does is win. We played well, and I'm looking forward to our toughest match of the year on Saturday."
The Corsairs remained undefeated, improving to 10-0 with the victory, while the Huskies dropped to 9-6 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will host the Little East Conference championship match Saturday against Western Connecticut, which defeated Rhode Island College in the other semi-final, 5-2. The match was the final action of the season for Southern Maine.
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