NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Senior Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, Mass.) recorded a pair of victories in his final career home match to power the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's tennis team to a 7-2 win over visiting Bridgewater State University this afternoon at the UMD Tennis Courts.
The Corsairs (4-7) won for the third time in their past four matches to even their conference record at 3-3, while the Bears (2-10) suffered their ninth consecutive setback. UMass Dartmouth completed its Little East circuit, while Bridgewater State will close its campaign against Salem State (April 26) and Southern Maine (April 27). The seedings for the six-team 2014 Little East Men's Tennis Championship tournament will be announced by the conference office on Sunday evening.
The Corsairs raced out to an early advantage, winning two of the three doubles matches. Bejtlich and sophomore Daniel Chouinard (Westport, Mass.) cruised to an 8-1 decision over Eric Johnson and Hung Huynh at top-flight doubles. Junior Ray Lawton (Fairhaven, Mass.) and sophomore Jake Jaskolka (Mattapoisett, Mass.) edged Jesse Gotlib and Matt McGee, 9-7, to hand the hosts' a 2-0 lead. The Bears countered with an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles as Michael Mello and Cody Farrell downed junior Malcolm Neville (Foxboro, Mass.) and sophomore Andrew Burdick (Dartmouth, Mass.).
UMass Dartmouth clinched the conference match by winning the top-three singles flights. Bejtlich needed the maximum three sets to outlast Gotlib, 6-4, 4-6, 10-8. Chouinard breezed to a 6-0, 6-2 straight-set win at No. 2 singles, while Lawton posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory at third-flight singles.
Bridgewater State captured the fourth and fifth flights, while Neville earned a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles to close out the competition.