DARTMOUTH, Mass. – UMass Dartmouth claimed four of six singles matches to capture their first win of the season against Salem State, securing a hard-fought 5-4 decision in Little East Conference action on Saturday. The win snapped a seven game losing streak, stretching back to the 2015 Little East Championship last May. The Corsairs improve to 1-6, while the Vikings fall to 2-3.
Ian Patriarca (Springfield, Mass.) and Corey Rafter (Franklin, Mass.) opened the day with the lone doubles win for the Corsairs. The junior-freshman combination defeated freshman Chen Chen (Lawerence, Mass.) and senior David Dluznieski (Auburn, Mass.) with an 8-5 decision.
In the singles pairings, the Corsairs claimed four of the six matchups throughout the lineup. Senior Dan Chouinard (Westport, Mass.) took down sophomore John DiDonato (Newbury, Mass.) at the No. 1 slot in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0.
In the No. 4 singles pairings, freshman Anthony Joseph (Fairhaven, Mass.) defeated senior captain Kevin Lam (Salem, Mass.) 6-1, 6-2. At No. 5, Tony Xie (Beijing, China) swept junior Luke Hodgkins (Winthrop, Mass.) in commanding fashion, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 6 singles came down to the wire, as senior Jake Jaskolka (Mattapoisett, Mass.) nearly escaped a potential tie-breaker when he bested Dluznieski 6-1, 7-5.
Rafter dropped a tight tie-breaker in the No. 2 singles pairings, narrowly falling to Salem State senior Connor Erickson (Hubbardston, Mass.) after battling back from a first set. Erickson eventually prevailed 6-4, 6-7, 12-10 following the tiebreak set.
The Corsairs will return to action when they host Holy Cross next Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
1. John DiDonato and Connor Erickson def. Dan Chouinard and Andy Burdick (8-5 Salem State)
2. Corey Rafter and Ian Patriarca def. Chen Chen and Dave Dluznieski (8-5 UMD)
3. Kevin Lam and Luke Hodgkins def. Tony Xie and Anthony Joseph (9-7 Salem State)
1. Chouinard def. John DiDonato (6-2, 6-0 UMD)
2. Erickson def. Rafter (4-6, 7-6 (12-10) Salem State)
3. Chen def. Patriarca (6-4, 6-2 Salem State)
4. Joseph def. Lam (6-1, 6-2 UMD)
5. Xie def. Hodgskins (6-0, 6-0 UMD)
6. Jaskolka def. Dluznieski (6-1, 7-5 UMD)