NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team blanked visiting Bridgewater State, 9-0, in a Little East Conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Wednesday. With the victory, the Corsairs clinched the LEC regular season title for the second year in a row and will host post-season conference action as long as they continue to win.
After sweeping the doubles, UMass Dartmouth got a come-from-behind win at number one singles. Junior Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) overcame a 5-1 first set deficit to defeat freshman Wesley Esthimer (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS), 7-5, 6-2. Junior Guillaume Cotte (Grenoble, France) downed senior Mike Zagame (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) at number two singles, 6-2, 6-2; senior Brian Lui (Medfield, MA/Medfield GS) defeated freshman Sean Bleau (North Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth HS) at number three, 6-1, 6-3; and senior Brennan Dugas (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/New York City Tech) downed sophomore Jesse Gotlib (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) at number four singles, 6-0, 6-2. At number five, junior Mike Parker (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) topped sophomore Cody Farrell (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS), 6-1, 6-4; and sophomore Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA/Moses Brown HS) defeated junior Nick Desisto (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge HS) at number six singles, 6-2, 6-4.
"We're playing very well right now, and we seem to be peaking, which is good with the tournament coming up next week," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "Karsten did a good job pulling out his match after trailing in the first set. This gives us a first round bye into the tournament."
The Corsairs improved to 10-2 and 5-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, clinching the LEC regular season championship and the top seed in next week's conference tournament. The Bears dropped to 7-5 and 3-2 in LEC action with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Western Connecticut State Saturday. Bridgewater will visit UMass Boston Saturday.
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