PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's tennis team swept its doubles matches to earn a 7-2 victory at Little East Conference rival Rhode Island College this afternoon.
The Corsairs (3-7) have won two of their past three conference matches to move into a fourth place tie with the Anchormen (5-7) with identical 2-3 marks. UMass Dartmouth holds the tie-breaker by virtue of the head-to-head win.
UMass Dartmouth took control of the match during the doubles competition, sweeping each of the three matches. Senior Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, Mass.) and sophomore Dan Chouinard (Westport, Mass.) combined for an 8-4 victory at the top doubles spot. Junior Ray Lawton (Fairhaven, Mass.) and sophomore Jake Joskolka (Mattapoisett, Mass.) won, 8-6, at No. 2 doubles, while junior Malcolm Neville (Foxboro, Mass.) and sophomore Andrew Burdick (Dartmouth, Mass.) combined for an 8-3 decision at third-flight doubles.
The Corsairs sealed the Little East victory by winning the top-three singles matches. Bejtlich defeated his opponent, 6-1, 6-2, while Chouinard won 6-4, 6-4. Lawton posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 3 singles to hand the visitors the 6-0 lead. The Anchormen captured their matches at No. 4 and 5, but Neville closed the scoring with a three-set victory (6-2, 2-6, 6-4).
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25, when the Corsairs host Bridgewater State University in their regular-season finale.