FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 26, 2011

 

RIC SEES WIN STREAK COME TO AN END IN
BATTLE FOR LITTLE EAST SUPREMACY

North Dartmouth, Mass.-Rhode Island College saw its seven-match win streak come to an end in a 7-2 loss at UMass Dartmouth in a battle of two Little East Conference men's tennis teams. Both clubs came into the match with unblemished marks in the league, with the Corsairs prevailing as the LEC's lone unbeaten squad.

 

Senior Taha Souayah (Ariana, Tunisia) broke the tie when he defeated freshman Brad Lamoureux (Pawtucket, RI) at No. 6 singles (6-4, 6-2). Sophomore Mike Parker (Scituate, MA) put UMD ahead, 4-2, with a 6-4, 6-2 win over senior Mike Aiello (Scituate, RI) at No. 3 singles, and junior Brennan Dugas (East Falmouth, MA) downed freshman Alex Werchadlo (Woonsocket, RI) at No. 2 singles (6-3, 6-1) to clinch the verdict.

 

 

 Senior Mike Aiello

 

Freshman Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA) and sophomore Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA) finished the match by winning a pair of split set matches. Freshman Matt Bejtlich (Rochester, MA) came from behind to down freshman Kyle Kelaghan (East Greenwich, RI) at No. 4 singles (0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) and Rathlev won a super-tiebreaker for the third set to defeat senior Nate Rebello (Pawtucket, RI) at No. 1 singles (6-4, 4-6, (10-8).

 

Aiello and Kelaghan won at No. 2 doubles (8-2), while sophomore Nate Lee (Bar Harbor, ME) won a straight set decision (7-5, 6-1) at No. 5 singles, for the Anchormen wins.

 

 The Corsairs improved to 7-0 and 4-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Anchormen dropped to 9-4 and 4-1 in LEC play with the defeat.

 

 

 Sophomore Nate Lee

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference action at Western Connecticut tomorrow afternoon (4 p.m.).

 

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