CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The UMass Dartmouth men's tennis squad rolled past host Suffolk Wednesday evening, downing the Rams at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols by a 6-3 score to win its second straight match.
The Corsairs took four singles matches and two doubles contests to rise to 2-6 overall. Suffolk slips to 2-5 on the year with the loss.
The No. 1 doubles duo of seniors Daniel Chouinard (Westport, Mass.) and Andrew Burdick (Dartmouth, Mass.) picked up their first win of the season together, defeating Suffolk's team of Alonso Vela (Calexico, Calif.) and Francesco Saia (Wakefield, Mass.) by an 8-4 score. Chouinard also collected his fourth-straight win at the No. 1 singles slot, downing Vela 6-0, 6-3.
UMass Dartmouth was also victorious at No. 2 doubles, as junior Corey Rafter (Franklin, Mass.) and freshman Ian Patriarca (Springfield, Mass.) defeated Ram duo Chris Parnagian (Cranston, R.I.) and Kevin Clavijo (Chelsea, Mass.) 9-8 with a 7-4 tiebreak. Patriarca picked up his first singles win of the season at No. 3 over Parnagian, 6-4, 6-1.
Burdick played only his second singles match of the season, and earned an 8-6 win over Rami Esrawi (Braintree, Mass.) at the No. 6 flight. Wrapping up the win for the Corsairs was freshman Anthony Joseph (Fairhaven, Mass.) who claimed the No. 4 singles match over Clavijo, 6-0, 6-1.
The Corsairs are slated next for a rematch of last spring's Little East Conference title match, seeking to remain unbeaten in league play as they travel to Southern Maine on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start.
No. 1: Dan Chouinard (UMD) def. Alonso Vela (SUF), 6-0, 6-3
No. 2: Francesco Saia (SUF) def. Corey Rafter (UMD), 5-7 (10-6), 6-2, 10-6
No. 3: Ian Patriarca (UMD) def. Chris Parnagian (SUF), 6-4, 6-1
No. 4: Anthony Joseph (UMD) def. Kevin Clavijo (SUF), 6-0, 6-1
No. 5: Anton Boubnov (SUF) def. Tony Xie (UMD), 8-6
No. 6: Andrew Burdick (UMD) def. Rami Esrawi (SUF), 8-6
No. 1 : Dan Chouinard/Andrew Burdick (UMD) def. Alonso Vela/Francesco Saia (SUF), 8-4
No. 2: Corey Rafter/Ian Patriarca (UMD) def. Chris Parnagian/Kevin Clavijo (SUF), 9-8 (7-4)
No. 3: Rami Esrawi/Anton Boubnov (SUF) def. Tony Xie/Anthony Joseph (UMD), 9-8 (7-3)