GORHAM, Maine – Trailing 2-1 after the doubles points played out, the University of Southern Maine Huskies won four out of six singles matches to earn a 5-4 win over the Salem State University Vikings in a Little East Conference men's tennis match Wednesday afternoon in Salem, Mass.
With its third straight win, Southern Maine improves its record to 9-4 on the season and 2-3 in the Little East Conference. Salem State falls to 6-9 and 2-4 in the LEC.
Sophomore Corey Dyke (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) sealed the victory for the Huskies with a hard-fought 7-6, 6-4 win at sixth singles . Dyke defeated Salem State senior Jon Joe Kim (Seoul, South Korea/North Andover) to put the Huskies ahead 5-3.
Whitman defeated Salem State senior Rob Random (Newbury, Mass./Triton Regional) 7-5, 7-6 at the top of the line-up, while Gagne downed sophomore Eglis Bizhoti (Dorchester, Mass./Another Course to College) 6-1, 1-0 (ret) at third singles. Cary earned a 6-3, 6-4 win at fifth singles over junior Ken Hodgkins (Winthrop, Mass.).
Southern Maine hosts Rhode Island College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in its final regular season Little East Conference match.