April 8, 2017



Boston, Mass.-The Rhode Island College menís tennis team dropped a 6-3 decision against UMass Boston in a Little East Conference contest played at the B.C. High Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoon.


RIC (1-5, 1-1 LEC) held the 2-1 advantage after doubles competition. Senior Cory Duquette (Warwick, RI) and sophomore Chandler Scott (Ashaway, RI) notched an 8-4 victory against UMass Boston (4-45, 2-0 LEC) sophomore Josh Bhasin (Tulsa, OK) and freshman Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) at No. 2 doubles.



 Sophomore Alan Esposito


The Anchormenís No. 3 pairing of sophomores Matthew Gambardella (West Warwick, RI) and Alan Esposito (Clinton, CT) posted a thrilling, 9-7, win over the UMB team of sophomore Ray Platteel (Holbrook, MA) and junior Guang Huang (Quincy, MA) to give RIC its second doubles point.


The lone point at doubles for UMB came at the No. 1 spot where the team of freshman Alexander Comerchero (New Delhi, India) and junior Austin DeLasse (Mexico City, Mexico) recorded an 8-0 win over RIC freshman William Tavares (Kingston, RI) and junior Lee Tiberi (Smithfield, RI).


The host Beacons controlled the singles action, taking five of the six matched en route to the win. The lone victory for RIC in singles play was at the No. 6 spot where Esposito posted a thrilling (5-7, 6-2, 10-8) win over Platteel. Comerchero had a (6-2, 5-2) win over Tiberi at No. 3 singles to notch his second win for the day, while DeLasse registered a (6-1, 6-1) win at No. 1 over Taveres for his second vicotry on the afternoon for the hosts.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Lesley for a non-conference contest on Monday, April 10 (7 p.m.).