April 25, 2008
BRIDGEWATER, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team is in third place after the first day of the two-day Little East Conference Championships at the Dr. Henry Rosen Memorial Tennis Courts.
The Corsairs have six points, one point behind Southern Maine and three in back of first-place UMass Boston. Following UMass Dartmouth are host Bridgewater State at 6.0, Rhode Island College and Salem State at 5.0, and Western Connecticut State at 3.0
In doubles, senior Josh McCoy (Newburyport, MA/Newburyport HS) and freshman Andrew Zappala (Merrimac, MA/Pentucket Regional HS) advanced to the third flight finals, while junior Chris Forster (Reading, MA/Reading HS) and sophomore Ken Sims (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) claimed the consolation championship at number one. McCoy and Zappala defeated Jonathan Bouchard and Nicholas Amrose of Bridgewater, 8-5 and Lorne Teeter and David Haggerty of RIC, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2; before falling in the finals to Ali Al-Sabbagh and Reinaldo Lopes of UMass Boston, 5-7, 7-6, 6-0. Forster and Sims lost to Wayne Tentler and Matt Fogel of Western Connecticut, 8-2, but bounced back to defeat Eric Boffa and Tom Lapierre of RIC, 8-1, and Matt Charest and Gio Cuscina of BSC, 8-4.
Freshmen Trevor and Nolan Blier (Westport, MA/Westport HS) lost their first match in the second flight to Nathan Rebello and Michael Aiello of RIC, 8-3, but came back to defeat Andrew Kelley and Patrick Matysek of WCSU, 8-5, before losing in the consolation finals to Matthias Busch and Amit Kumar of UMass Boston, 9-7.
McCoy, Zappala and junior Alex Samoiloff (Princeton, MA/Princeton HS) advanced in singles competition. McCoy defeated Matt McGowan of Southern Maine in the fourth flight, 8-4; Zappala downed Jarret Coleman of Western Connecticut in flight five, 8-6, and Samoiloff defeated Aiello of RIC in flight six, 8-3. All will compete in the semi-finals Saturday.
Forster lost to Josh Warren of Southern Maine, 8-1, in first flight singles competition, Senior Dave Gogoi (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) fell at number two to Fogel of WCSU, 8-5, and Sims lost to Boffa of RIC in flight three, 8-4. All three will compete in the consolation round Saturday.
"We played well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "In third doubles, we lost the second set in a tie-breaker, 10-8, after we had four match points. All of our doubles teams played well."
The tournament will conclude Saturday. The winner will earn the Little East Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.