Men’s Tennis Outlasts Western Connecticut, 5-4

Men’s Tennis Outlasts Western Connecticut, 5-4

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – With the match coming down to No. 3 singles, junior Patrick Pacheco (Fall River, Mass.) again sealed the team win for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a 7-6 (10-3), 6-4 decision, as the Corsairs prevailed 5-4 over Western Connecticut on Saturday afternoon. 

The Basics
Score: UMass Dartmouth 5, Western Connecticut 4
Records: UMass Dartmouth (6-10, 3-2 LEC) | Western Connecticut (4-11, 1-5 LEC) 

How it Happened

The Colonials claimed No. 3 doubles to begin the match, as Jacques Fortier (Southbury, Conn.) and Matt O'Keefe (Cromwell, Conn.) took down senior Summer Forest-Bulley (Turners Falls, Mass.) and sophomore Eric Cimino (Braintree, Mass.) 8-5. 

Senior Corey Rafter (Franklin, Mass.) and Pacheco dispatched Aaron Campos (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Jason Hipona (Orange, Conn.) at No. 1 doubles, 8-3, for the Corsairs' first point.  No. 2 doubles was decided with an 8-5 score, as sophomore Anthony Joseph (Fairhaven, Mass.) and junior Justin Torres (Dighton, Mass.) defeated Adam Howard (Waterford, Conn.) and Jeff Hensley (Naugatuck, Conn.).

With the score 2-1 in favor of the Corsairs after doubles, Torres extend the UMass Dartmouth lead with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles over Fortier. O'Keefe took down Zach Pavao (Somerset, Mass.) 6-3, 6-0 at No. 6 singles to pull WCSU back within one, and Campos defeated Rafter 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. 

Hipona dispatched Joseph 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2 singles to tie the match at four-all, but Pacheco was able to come out on top over Howard, winning the match for UMass Dartmouth with a tiebreak first set before edging out the second 6-4. 

Inside the Numbers

  • Pacheco extends his singles win streak at the third flight to five matches dating back to April 11. He and Rafter have taken both matches at No. 1 doubles since teaming up.
  • Joseph and Torres are also undefeated in back-to-back matches since pairing together at No. 2 doubles.

Up Next
UMass Dartmouth will close out the regular season tomorrow, hosting Southern Maine at 11:00 a.m. for Senior Day. The Corsairs will solidify their seeding fate for next week's Little East Conference Tournament. Western Connecticut returns home to host Bard tomorrow for a 1 p.m. start time.