NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA -The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis teams swept all three doubles matches and defeated visiting Southern Maine, 5-1, in the semi-final round of the Little East Conference Tournament at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Thursday. Per conference rules, the match was terminated when the Corsairs reached five points and clinched the decision.
The Corsairs, who had lost all three doubles matches in a 5-4 win at Southern Maine April 21st, turned the tables on the Huskies this time. Juniors Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) and Guillaume Cotte (Grenoble, France) defeated junior Adam Whitman (New Castle, NH/Portsmouth HS) and freshman Scott Gagne (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston HS) at number one doubles, 8-5. Senior Brennan Dugas (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/New York City Tech) and sophomore Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA/Moses Brown HS) downed senior Zach Caron (North Conway, NH/Kennett HS) and sophomore Chris Ross (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) at number two doubles, 8-3, and junior Mike Parker (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) and senior Brian Lui (Medfield, MA/Medfield HS) defeated sophomore Corey Dyke (Monmouth, ME/Monmouth Academy) and freshman Zac Cary (Buxton, ME/Bonny Eagle HS) at number three doubles, 8-1.
Rathlev had to retire from his number one singles match due to injury after losing the first set to Whitman, 6-2. But Parker defeated Cary at number five singles, 6-0, 6-1, and Bejtlich downed Dyke at number six, 6-3, 6-0, to clinch the win.
"We're playing good tennis right now," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "As long as our lineup remains the same, I think we're in good shape. Hopefully, the weather will hold out so we can play the championship match on Saturday. Matt Bejtlich and Mike Parker played very well. I hope we can keep it up and make it to the NCAAs."
The Corsairs improved to 12-2 with the victory, while the Huskies fell to 11-6 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host the Little East Championship match Saturday against either Bridgewater State or Western Connecticut State. The Bears and Colonials postponed their match due to inclement weather and are scheduled to play Friday. The match was the final action of the season for Southern Maine.
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