DARTMOUTH, Mass. – With a 2-1 deficit following doubles, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's tennis squad rebounded with two clutch singles matches by senior Corey Rafter (Franklin, Mass.) and junior Justin Torres (Dighton, Mass.) for a 5-4 win over visiting Suffolk on Tuesday.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 5, Suffolk 4
Records: UMass Dartmouth (3-7) | Suffolk (0-6)
How it Happened
Torres and doubles partner Patrick Pacheco (Fall River, Mass.) suffered an 8-3 loss at No. 2 before Rafter and Anthony Joseph (Fairhaven, Mass.) dealt an 8-2 decision to Francesco Saia (Wakefield, Mass.) and Jacob Duggan (Sharon, Mass.) at the top flight to even the score. Suffolk's Kevin Greenman (Dunellen, N.J.) and Rami Esrawi (Braintree, Mass.) then gave the Rams a 2-1 advantage heading to singles with an 8-5 win at No. 3 over Zach Pavao (Somerset, Mass.) and Summer Forest-Bulley (Turners Falls, Mass.)
The Corsairs dropped to 3-1 with Omar Azzaoui (Miami Beach, Fla.) overtaking Joseph at No. 2 singles, before UMass Dartmouth came roaring back to win four of the last five remaining matchups. Pacheco prevailed 6-3, 6-5 over Cameron Roach (Norwell, Mass.) at No. 3, and Pavao succeeded in a 6-2, 7-6 score over Charles Tang (Hong Kong) to put the match at 3-3.
Greenman pulled the Rams back ahead at No. 5 over Forest-Bulley, but Rafter pulled out as close of a win as possible with a super 10 tiebreaker with Saia at No. 1. He prevailed 7-6 in the first set before falling 6-2 in the second, and rallied from match point in the tiebreak set to win 10-8.
Torres then sealed the deal with the match in his hands. After falling 7-5 in the first set, he dominated the next two sets 6-1, 6-2 for the fifth and deciding UMass Dartmouth point.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs have now won the last two matchups with Suffolk, as the teams began meeting in head-to-head competition last season.
UMass Dartmouth's non-conference tilt continues Thursday when the Corsairs host Becker at 3:30 p.m. The Rams will travel to Salem State on the same day and time.