DANBURY, Conn. -- The Western Connecticut State University men's tennis team won four of the six singles matches to edge visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 5-4 this afternoon.
The Colonials (3-1) recorded their first Little East Conference victory to improve to 1-1 in the conference circuit, while the Corsairs (1-6) slipped to 0-2 in league play.
UMass Dartmouth captured two of the three doubles matches to take an early advantage. The Corsairs' top-flight team of senior Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, Mass.) and sophomore Daniel Chouinard (Westport, Mass.) earned an 8-4 victory over senior Brian Bucknam (Woodbury, Conn.) and classmate Ryan Klem (Newport, R.I.). Junior Malcolm Neville (Foxboro, Mass.) and sophomore Andrew Burdick (Dartmouth, Mass.) outlasted the Western No. 3 doubles team 8-6 to give the visitors the momentum heading into the singles competition.
Chouinard and junior Ray Lawton (Fairhaven, Mass.) won their singles matches at No. 2 and No. 3 to put the Corsairs on the brink of victory. Chouinard coasted to a straight-set 6-1, 6-1 win, while Lawton defeated Klem 6-4, 6-4. The Colonials swept the remaining four singles matches to earn the conference victory. Bucknam rallied for a three-set win (6-7, 6-2, 6-4) at No.1 singles to spark the dramatic comeback.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14, when the Corsairs host Salem State University in a Little East Conference match.