NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team won two of the three doubles matches and went on to defeat visiting Southern Maine, 5-2, in the semi-finals of the Little East Conference Tournament at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Thursday afternoon. By conference rule, the match was ended once UMass Dartmouth earned five points.
At number one doubles, UMD senior Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) and junior Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA/Moses Brown HS) defeated senior Adam Whitman (New castle, NH/Portsmouth HS) and sophomore Scott Gagne (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston HS), 8-3. At number two, the Corsairs' senior Brennan Dugas (East Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/New York City Tech) and freshman Dan Chouinard (Westport, MA/Westport HS) downed sophomore Thaddeus St. John (Weld, ME/Mt. Blue HS) and junior Christopher G. Ross (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS), 8-3. At number three, the Huskies' senior Jonathan Sproul (Bristol, ME/Lincoln Academy) and junior Corey Dyke (Monmouth, ME/Monmouth Academy) defeated sophomore Ray Lawton (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) and freshman Malcolm Neville (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS), 8-3.
Dyke evened the score when he defeated UMass Dartmouth freshman Jon Reagan (Franklin, MA/Franklin HS) at number six singles, 6-1, 6-1, but Chouinard put the Corsairs back on top when he downed Sproul at number five, 6-1, 6-1. Rathlev defeated Whitman at number one, 6-3, 6-4, and Dugas won the clinching match at number two singles, defeating St. John, 6-3, 6-4.
"I was very pleased with our senior leadership," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "Karsten and Brennan were outstanding in both singles and in doubles, and Dan Chouinard played well, he also won twice. Having Brennan here for the match made a big difference. He wasn't here the last time we played Southern Maine."
UMass Dartmouth improved to 9-3 with the victory, while Southern Maine fell to 11-6 with the defeat. The Corsairs advanced to the Little East Conference championship match Saturday at UMass Boston. The Beacons defeated Bridgewater State in the other semi-final, 5-1. The match was the final competition of the season for
UMASS DARTMOUTH TENNIS