With the win, Southern Maine improves to 11-5 overall and advance to the semifinal round of the 2012 Little East Conference men's tennis championship. The Huskies will travel to top-seeded UMass Dartmouth Corsairs on Thursday (3:30 p.m.). UMass Boston concludes its season with an 8-7 record.
Leading 2-1 after doubles, Southern Maine needed three points to seal the quarterfinal round victory. Despite being the higher seed in the tournament, the Huskies fell to the Beacons 6-3 earlier in the season. In the 6-3 loss, USM managed just two singles points after trailing 2-1 after doubles.
Whitman led the Huskies from the top of the singles lineup earning a 6-2, 6-2 win over Beacon freshman David Hernandez (Bogota, Columbia/AN Myer), avenging an earlier season loss to Hernandez.
Gagne and St. John picked up wins at third and fourth singles for the Huskies. Gagne defeated UMass Boston sophomore Charles Lai (Boston, Mass./Boston College HS) 6-2, 6-2, while St. John fought his way to a 6-3, 6-4 win over sophomore Seth Shavers (Boston, Mass./Academy of the Pacific Rim). Gagne lost to Lai 6-2, 6-4 in their previous meeting. St. John, who scored one of the Huskies' three points in their loss to the Beacons in April, moved up to fourth singles from sixth singles.
Whitman and Gagne also combined for an 8-3 win at first doubles downing Hernandez and Lai. Sophomore Corey Dyke (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) and freshman Zac Cary (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) earned an 8-2 win a third doubles.
UMass Boston's lone point was scored at second doubles. Shavers and junior Alex Loyer (Chelmsford, Mass.) defeated Husky senior Zach Caron (North Conway, N.H./Kennett) and sophomore Christopher G. Ross (Somerset, Mass.) 8-6.