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Men’s tennis rolls over Boston 4-0 to advance to final

Vying for program's fifth straight conference title, BU will face UMBC in rematch of 2011 final

April 28, 2012

Men’s tennis rolls over Boston 4-0 to advance to final

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FLUSHING, N.Y. – With all-time wins leader and three-time America East Player of the Year Sven Vloedgraven among the fans cheering the team on, Binghamton men’s tennis (14-11) advanced to the conference final with a 4-0 win over fourth-seeded Boston University Saturday afternoon at the USTA National Tennis Center. The Bearcats will face third-seeded UMBC in the championship match will be at 10 a.m. on Sunday and Binghamton will be aiming for the program’s fifth consecutive America East title. The Bearcats beat UMBC 4-1 in last year’s final and also beat the Retrievers 5-1 in a dual back on April 14.

The Bearcats earned the doubles point with wins at the first and second positions. The third team was ahead 7-4 and two points from a finish when their match was halted with the point clinched. Juniors Ruben Devos and Bastian Bornkessel were the first off the court after posting an 8-1 win at the top spot. Senior Alexandre Haggai and freshman Ismael Dinia earned an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles to give the Bearcats the first point of the match.

Sophomore Ruben Haggai was dominant in his 6-0, 6-0 win at fifth singles - a win that pushed BU’s lead to 2-0. Older brother Alexandre then finished up his 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles to give BU a 3-0 cushion. Freshman No. 6 Florian van Kann ended the match with a 6-0, 6-3 triumph.

No. 1 Binghamton 4, No. 4 Boston University 0

Devos/Bornkessel (BING) def. Van Berkel/Kopelman (BOS), 8-1
A. Haggai/Dinia (BING) def. Teran/Frieder (BOS), 8-4
Lesage/R. Haggai (BING) led Green/Hallenbeck (BOS), 7-1 DNF

Alexandre Haggai (BING) def. Frieder (BOS), 6-1, 6-2
Ruben Devos (BING) led Kopelman (BOS), 6-4, 3-1 DNF
Ismael Dinia (BING)led Teran (BOS), 6-3, 5-2 DNF
Robin Lesage (BING) led Chang (BOS), 6-1, 5-1 DNF
Ruben Haggai (BING) def. Hallenbeck (BOS), 6-0, 6-0
Florian Van Kann (BING) def. Green (BOS), 6-3, 6-3

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