May 2, 2009
SALEM, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team won all four of the singles matches that were completed and came from behind to defeat Bridgewater State, 5-2, in the semi-finals of the Little East Conference Tournament at the O'Keefe Center Friday evening. The match was moved indoors and delayed due to inclement weather.
The Corsairs, who trailed 2-1 after the doubles, tied the match when freshman Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS) defeated Justin Lipomi at number three singles, 6-0, 6-0. Sophomore Mason Viau (Marion, MA/Bishop Hendricken HS/Connecticut) put UMass Dartmouth on top when he defeated Marc Charest at number one singles, 6-0, 6-4. Senior Christoph Forster (Reading, MA/Reading HS) gave the Corsairs a 4-2 lead when he downed Mike Zagame at number four singles, 6-4, 6-4, and freshman Troy Pandolfi (Danbury, CT/Danbury HS) clinched the match when he outlasted Duncan Yarworth at number two singles, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4. The match was halted when the Corsairs earned five points to clinch the victory.
"Troy's match was a great match, that was definitely the highlight of the day," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "We played a gutsy match, and we played well. It was good to be able to pull out the victory."
UMD improved to 11-1 with the win, while Bridgewater State dropped to 11-7 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth advanced to Saturday's championship match against Salem State. The Vikings defeated Southern Maine, 5-4, in the other semi-final match. The match was the final competition of the season for Bridgewater State.
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