DARTMOUTH, Mass. – After coming out of doubles with a 2-1 advantage, UMass Dartmouth won four of the six singles pairings to wrap up the 6-3 decision over Rhode Island College to rise to 2-2 in Little East Conference play on Tuesday afternoon.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 6, Rhode Island College 3
Records: UMass Dartmouth (5-10, 2-2 LEC) | Rhode Island College (5-6, 2-2 LEC)
How it Happened
Rhode Island College was able to jump out to a quick lead, as Matthew Gambardella (West Warwick, R.I.) and Alan Esposito (Clinton, Conn.) dispatched Summer Forest-Bulley (Turners Falls, Mass.) and Eric Cimino (Braintree, Mass.) 8-2 at No. 3 doubles.
Senior Corey Rafter (Franklin, Mass.) and junior Patrick Pacheco (Fall River, Mass.) evened the score with an 8-2 win over William Tavares (Kingston, RI) and Lee Tiberi (Smithfield, R.I.). The combination of Anthony Joseph (Fairhaven, Mass.) and Justin Torres (Dighton, Mass.) took No. 2 doubles for UMass Dartmouth over Chandler Scott (Ashaway, R.I.) and Cory Duquette (Warwick, R.I.) to a score of 8-5, putting the Corsairs in control permanently.
JuniorZach Pavao (Somerset, Mass.) picked up his fifth-straight win at No. 6 singles, after a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Jonathan Glendinning (Exeter, R.I.), and Rafter picked up the second win at singles, with his 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 over Tavares. At No. 3 singles, Pacheco collected a 6-4, 6-2 win over Tiberi to clinch the winning point for UMass Dartmouth.
The Anchormen clinched No. 4 as Joseph and Scott battled at No. 2 singles, with Joseph eventually edging out the matchup 7-6 (10-5), 6-4 (10-4). Esposito took No. 5 singles over Forest-Bulley 7-5, 3-6, 6-0 for the final decision.
Inside the Numbers
- With the win, UMass Dartmouth has won the last seven meetings between the two programs, with the last Rhode Island College win coming on April 30, 2010.
The Corsairs continue their three-match home stand to wrap up the regular season, hosting Western Connecticut on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. Rhode Island College also returns home, squaring off with Salem State at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.