Men's Tennis Defeats Salem State in LEC Opener, 8-1

Freshman Ray Lawton
Freshman Ray Lawton

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team swept all three doubles and went on to defeat visiting Salem State, 8-1, in the Little East Conference opener for both teams at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Monday.

Three Corsairs won twice. Junior Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) defeated junior Matt Lee (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) at number one singles, 6-1, 6-1; junior Guillaume Cotte (Grenoble, France) downed sophomore Eglis Bizhoti (Dorchester, MA/Another Course to College) at number two singles, 6-2, 6-2; and Rathlev and Cotte combined to defeat Lee and Bhizoti at number one doubles, 8-2.

Freshman Ray Lawton (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) also won twice for UMass Dartmouth. He downed junior Ken Hodgkins (Winthrop, MA/Winthrop HS) at number six singles, 6-0, 6-1; and teamed with junior Zach Engstrom (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS) to defeat senior Joe Kim (Seoul, South Korea/North Andover HS), 8-2.

"Karsten and Guillaume Cotte were both double winners, and (senior) Brian Lui (Medfield, MA/Medfield HS) made a great comeback at number three singles after losing the first set," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "I was very pleased with freshman Ray Lawton being a double winner in his first Little East Conference match."

The Corsairs improved to 2-1 and 1-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Vikings dropped to 2-5 and 0-1 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Eastern Nazarene  Wednesday. Salem State will visit Gordon Thursday.



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