Five Earn LEC Post-Season Men's Tennis Honors

Five Earn LEC Post-Season Men's Tennis Honors

Aug. 3, 2011

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Five members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team have earned Little East Conference post-season honors.

Sophomore Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) and freshman Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA/Moses Brown HS) earned first team All-Conference honors, while junior Brennan Dugas (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/New York City Tech) and sophomore Mike Parker (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) were named second team All-Conference. Rathlev was named LEC Men's Tennis Player of the Year, while Bejtlich was named LEC Men's Tennis Rookie of the Year. Head Coach Tom Mendell was named LEC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year.

Rathlev was named All-Conference at number one singles, and Bejtlich was chosen at number four singles. Dugas earned second team All-Conference honors at number two singles, while Parker was honored at number three singles. All four players earned second team All-Conference honors in doubles, Rathlev and Dugas at number one, and Parker and Bejtlich at number two.

The second Corsair to win the Player of the Year award, joining Mason Viau (Marion, MA/Bishop Hendricken HS/Connecticut), who was named as a sophomore two years ago, Rathlev went 9-1 at number one singles last spring, 6-0 against LEC foes. He went 10-1 in doubles, 6-0 in the LEC, and combined with Dugas for a 7-1 overall and a 4-0 LEC doubles mark, and was twice named LEC Player of the Week.

Bejtlich is also the second UMD player to earn Rookie of the Year honors, joining former Corsair Troy Pandolfi (Danbury, CT/Danbury HS), who won it two years ago. He went 8-0 in singles, 6-0 in the LEC, and was 11-1 in doubles, 5-1 against LEC foes. He and Parker went 9-1 in doubles. Twice named Rookie of the Week, Bejtlich teamed with Parker for the Corsairs' only victory in the match against Roger Williams at the NCAA Division III Championships.

Dugas was 5-1 in singles, 4-0 in the LEC, while Parker went 10-1 and 6-0.

Mendell was named Coach of the Year for the season time in three years after leading UMass Dartmouth to the LEC championship and the NCAA Division III Championships for the second time in three seasons. The Corsairs went 11-0 during the regular season before falling to Roger Williams in the NCAAs.

"We had a fantastic year," said Mendell. "Karsten's honor was well-deserved, as was Brennan at second team. Mike was undefeated at number three singles, and he played two conference matches at a higher level. Matt Bejtlich was the most pleasant surprise of the year. I would never have imagined him accomplishing what he did this year. As a coach, you're only as good as the players you have. We've had great players two of the last three years."