Gambardella Breaks RIC Career Points Record on Senior Day

The RIC 2019 Senior Class along with Head Coach Adam Spring and their families.
The RIC 2019 Senior Class along with Head Coach Adam Spring and their families.

Providence, R.I.--Senior Matthew Gambardella (West Warwick, RI) became RIC's all-time leader in career points (63.0) as Rhode Island College lost, 8-1, to UMass Boston in a Little East contest played at the RIC Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon to wrap up the 2019 regular season.

THE BASICS
UMass Boston 8, Rhode Island College 1
UMass Boston (11-5, 7-0 LEC)
Rhode Island College (9-4, 5-2 LEC) 

HOW IT HAPPENED
• Gambardella, along with seniors Alan Esposito (Clinton, CT) and Chandler Scott (Ashaway, RI), were honored with their families with a Senior Day ceremony prior to the match.

• The Beacons opened the match with an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles as the UMB tandem comprised of sophomore Alexander Comerchero (Brookline, MA) and junior Onkgopotse Mokoka (Pretoria, South Africa) defeated Gambardella sophomore Ethan Hoy (West Warwick, RI).

• UMB went up, 2-0, as freshman Nandish Shah (Ahmedabad, India) and sophomore Miguel Beltran (Ashland, MA) defeated sophomore Alex Bourque (North Smithfield, RI) and Esposito, 8-2. 

• The visitors completed the clean sweep of doubles as senior Ray Plateel (Holbrook, MA) and freshman Roy Plateel (Holbrook, MA) downed Scott and sophomore Mike Shea (Smithfield, RI), 8-3, at second doubles.

• Shah defeated Bourque (6-0, 6-0) at No. 1 singles and Beltran clinched the win with a straight set (6-4, 6-2) victory over Scott at No. 2 singles.

• Gambardella notched his 63rd career point with a (2-6, 6-4, 10-8) win vs. Comerchero at No. 3 doubles to make it a 5-1 match.

• Ray Plateel bested Hoy (6-4, 7-5) at No. 4 singles and junior Trin Tran (Quincy, MA) defeated Esposito (6-2, 6-2) at No. 6 singles.

• Mokoka closed out the win with a (7-6, 6-1) win vs. Shea at No. 5 singles.

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host a first round match in the 2019 Little East Men's Tennis Championship on Tuesday, April 30.