April 7, 2009
SALEM, MA-Host Salem State won the final three matches and came from behind to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team, 5-4, in a Little East Conference match at the Salem State College Tennis Courts Tuesday afternoon.
The Vikings won at number six singles, number four singles and number three singles to erase a 4-2 Corsair advantage.
Alex Eisath won the decisive match at number three singles, defeating UMD's freshman Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS), in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Sophomore Mason Viau (Marion, MA/Bishop Hendricken HS/Connecticut) and senior Christoph Forster (Reading, MA/Reading HS) gave the Corsairs the early lead when they downed Eisath and Josh Giller at number two doubles, 8-2. But Adrian Malosse and Rob Random defeated freshman Troy Pandolfi (Danbury, CT) and Rathlev at number one doubles, 8-4, and junior Ken Sims (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) and freshman Brian Lui (Medfield, MA/Medfield HS) fell to Zach Leete and Josh DaSilva at number three doubles, 9-7.
Viau, Pandolfi and Sims were the first three winners in singles, but Johan DaSilva won at number six and Giller was victorious at number four, setting up the decisive match at number three.
"The deciding match was a great match, and Karsten almost pulled it out," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "It was just a case of playing someone with a little more experience. I was pleased with the way we played. We were ahead in the number three doubles match, 7-6, but they came back and won that one."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 3-1 and 1-1 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Salem State improved to 3-1 and 2-0 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Johnson & Wales Thursday.
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