SPRINGFIELD, MA-Host Springfield won the deciding match at number five singles and edged the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team, 5-4, in a non-conference match at the Appleton Tennis Courts Tuesday.
Jesse Boyd broke a 4-4 tie when he defeated Corsair freshman Ray Lawton (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) at number five singles, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, winning the tie-breaker, 7-4.
The Corsairs rallied after losing two of three doubles matches. Junior Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) defeated Kyle Mersereau at number one singles, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2; senior Brian Lui (Medfield, MA/Medfield HS) downed Doug Nickerson at number four singles, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; and junior Guillaume Cotte (Grenoble, France) defeated Benjamin Burnap at number two singles, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 to tie the score prior to the deciding match.
"Considering that we didn't have a full lineup available, with three of our top seven players unable to play, I was very pleased with our effort," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "Karsten and Guillaume Cotte at one and two were fantastic, and Brian Lui also came back and won a three-setter."
The Corsairs dropped to 6-2 with the defeat, while the Pride improved to 3-7 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Rhode Island College next Tuesday, April 17th.
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