April 26, 2008
BRIDGEWATER, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team finished fifth at the two-day, seven-team Little East Conference Championships at the Dr. Henry Rosen Memorial Tennis Courts.
The Corsairs scored nine points, a point behind host Bridgewater State. Salem State claimed the title with 15 points, Southern Maine had 13 and UMass Boston had 12. Following UMass Dartmouth were Western Connecticut State with 7.5 points and Rhode Island College with 6.5.
Senior Josh McCoy (Newburyport, MA/Newburyport HS) advanced to the finals at number four singles Saturday, defeating Rich Truchon of RIC, 6-1, 6-2, and losing to Patrick Matysek of Western Connecticut, 5-4, 6-2. Sophomore Ken Sims (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) claimed the consolation championship at number three singles, earning a bye into the finals and then downing WCSU's Andrew Kelley, 8-4. Freshman Andrew Zappala (Merrimac, MA/Pentucket Regional HS) lost to Alexander Eisath of Salem State in the semi-finals at fifth singles, 6-1, 7-5, while junior Alex Samoiloff (Princeton, MA/ Princeton HS) lost his sixth singles semi-final match to Brian Carlson of Salem State, 6-2, 6-3.
Junior Chris Forster (Reading, MA/Reading HS) defeated RIC's Lorne Teeter in the consolation semi-finals at number one singles, 8-5, then lost in the finals to Adrien Malosse of Salem State, 8-2. Senior Dave Gogoi (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) lost his consolation semi-final match at number two singles to Nathan Rebello of Rhode Island College, 8-2.
"We did very well, it was a very well-balanced tournament and we were only six points from the top team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "No one ran away with it. We had three people in the championship round today, and Josh made it to the finals. I was pleased with our performance."
The action concluded the season for the Corsairs.