BOSTON -- In a match between the two teams tied for second in the Little East Conference, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth used a 2-1 advantage after doubles play to defeat intrastate rival University of Massachusetts Boston 6-3 this afternoon in a NCAA Division III men's tennis contest at the B.C. High Tennis Courts.
With the victory, the Corsairs won for the second time in their past three matches to improve to 4-7. UMass Dartmouth also snapped its three-match losing streak to the Beacons.
The Corsairs opened the match with wins at second (8-3) and third-flight doubles (8-2) to claim an early 2-0 lead. UMass Boston responded with a big win at No. 1 doubles, as Charles Lai and Austin DeLasse persevered with an 8-4 win over Dan Chouinard (Westport, Mass.) and sophomore Corey Rafter (Franklin, Mass.).
Singles play would prove to be much more competitive, as the two teams traded the first four points, before the Corsairs clinched the win at second-flight singles.
Junior Cory Hoi (Westerly, R.I.) made it 3-1 in favor of the Corsairs, when he defeated Vlad Leopard (Carnikava, Latvia) 6-1 6-2 at fifth-flight singles. The Beacons would grab the momentum back momentarily with a win at No. 4 singles, as Fleming breezed past Rafter 7-5, 6-1.
UMass Dartmouth regained the advantage as junior Jake Jasolka (Mattapoisett, mass.) knocked off Jack Wang (Suzhou, China) 6-3, 6-0. at third singles.
Lai answered right back for UMass Boston, as he overcame an early 2-1 deficit, to sweep Chouinard 6-3, 6-0 at top-flight singles.
With sixth singles still yet to start, all the attention turned to second singles, as senior Ray Lawton (Fairhaven, Mass.) and DeLasse went back-and-forth. Lawton won the opening set 6-2, but DeLasse battled back and held a lead throughout most of the second set. However, the senior captain rallied to take the final three games to earn a 7-5 second set win and earn the all-important fifth point.
In sixth singles, UMass Dartmouth captain Malcolm Neville (Foxboro, Mass.) defeated Adhirath Bhatotia (New Delhi, India) 7-5, 6-2.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, when the Corsairs host Little East Conference rival Rhode Island College.