April 27, 2011
BRIDGEWATER, MA-Sophomore Mike Parker (Scituate, MA/Scituate HS) won the deciding match at number two singles as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team held off host Bridgewater State, 5-4, in a Little East Conference match at the Dr. Henry Rosen Memorial Tennis Courts Wednesday.
Parker defeated Mike Zagame, 6-3, 7-6, winning the second set tie-breaker by a 6-3 score.
Sophomore Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) defeated David Campbell at number one singles, 6-1, 6-1, and freshman Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA/Moses Brown HS) downed Nick Amrose at number three, 6-0, 6-1. Rathlev teamed with senior Mike Fink (Sagamore Beach, MA/Sturgis Charter School) to down Campbell and Zagame at number one doubles, 8-2, and Parker and Bejtlich defeated Amrose and Nick DeSisto at number two doubles, 8-2.
"Mike Parker came through in the tie-breaker to pull us through," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "It was a tougher match than we thought it would be, and Karsten, Mike and Matt Bejtlich came through for us at the top three singles spots, and they remained undefeated. Hopefully, we can continue our winning streak this Saturday, and get through the regular season undefeated."
The Corsairs improved to 8-0 and 5-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Bears dropped to 7-7 and 2-3 in LEC play with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Salem State Saturday. BSU will visit Western Connecticut State Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TENNIS