NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's tennis team got their 2013 Little East Conference season off to a good start, blanking host Salem State, 9-0, in their conference opener Saturday.
At number one doubles, senior Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) and sophomore Patrick Lewis (Dorchester, MA/Dorchester HS) defeated Matt Lee and Tyler Seidel, 8-4. At number two, senior Brennan Dugas (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/New York City Tech) and junior Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA/Moses Brown HS) defeated Kenny Hodgkins and Joe Kim, 8-0, and at number three, freshman Dan Chouinard (Westport, MA/Westport HS) and sophomore Ray Lawton (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) downed Conner Erickson and Kevin lam, 8-1.
Rathlev defeated Lee at number one singles, 6-2, 6-0; Dugas downed Kim at number two, 6-0, 6-3; and Bejtlich defeated Seidel at number three, 6-1, 6-0. Lewis downed Krystian Biedul at number four, 6-1, 6-3; Chouinard defeated Hodgkins at number five, 6-1, 6-2; and Lawton downed Erickson at number six, 6-1, 6-1.
"It was a good team all-around effort, and it was a good way to start off the conference season," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "I was most pleased with my newcomers, Dan Chouinard and Patrick Lewis, but as a team, we played very well."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 1-1 and 1-0 in the Little East Conference with the win, while SSU fell to 0-6 and 0-1 in LEC action with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Salve Regina Thursday. The Vikings will host Western Connecticut State next Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TENNIS