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Men’s tennis falls at No. 20 Harvard 7-0
Devos and Bornkessel post win over 44th-ranked duo in doubles
March 31, 2012
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Binghamton men’s tennis (7-11) nearly won the doubles point before host Harvard (15-1), ranked 20th in the nation, swept the six singles matches to post a 7-0 win at the Murr Center on Friday.
The Bearcats’ top doubles tandem of juniors Ruben Devos and Bastian Bornkessel scored an impressive 9-7 win over the 44th-ranked doubles pair of Casey MacMaster and Alistair Felton at No. 1. The result was a big reversal from the last time the teams met in the ITA Northeast Regional semifinals in October, when the Harvard duo advanced with an 8-3 win. It was the 19th win of the season for Devos and Bornkessel.
Binghamton then held match point at second doubles to clinch the doubles point, but the Crimson rallied for a 9-8 win.
In singles, freshman Ismael Dinia was the lone Bearcat to push his match to three sets in defeat. Dinia won the second set before losing to Shaun Chaudhuri 6-1 in the third and clinching set.
Binghamton next travels to Buffalo to face the host Bulls and Western Michigan next weekend.
No. 20 Harvard 7, Binghamton 0
Bornkessel/Devos (BU) def. MacMaster/Felton (H), 9-7
Nguyen/Nguyen (H) def. A. Haggai/Dinia (BU), 9-8
Pearlman/Schultz (H) def. R. Haggai/Lesage (BU), 8-2
Jonathan Pearlman (H) def. Alexandre Haggai (BU), 6-2, 7-5
Denis Nguyen (H) def. Ruben Devos (BU), 6-3, 6-1
Christo Schultz (H) def. Robin Lesage (BU), 7-5, 6-0
Shaun Chaudhuri (H) def. Ismael Dinia (BU), 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
Alex Steinroeder (H) def. Rafael Rodrigues (BU), 6-4, 6-2
Henry Steer (BU) def. Ruben Haggai (BU), 6-2, 6-4