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Men’s tennis lands three on All-Academic Team

Devos, Haggai brothers combine tennis success with academic excellence

May 16, 2012


Men’s tennis lands three on All-Academic Team

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Three Binghamton men’s tennis players were voted to the America East Men’s Tennis All-Academic Team, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon. Seniors Alexandre Haggai and Ruben Devos and sophomore Ruben Haggai were among the seven chosen in a vote of the member sports information directors, academic advisors and faculty representatives.

The three honorees brings BU’s total to nine in the last three years for head coach Adam Cohen, whose program perfectly embodies the “student-athlete” model with its combination of tennis success and academic achievement.

Alex Haggai, the 2012 America East Player of the Year and Championship Most Outstanding Player, carries a 3.63 grade-point average in management. Haggai will graduate as the career leader in doubles wins (73) and also accumulated 73 singles wins in four years. After the graduation of the team’s top three players in 2011, Haggai moved up from No. 4 to No. 1 singles and spearheaded Binghamton’s successful defense of its conference crown, giving Haggai four America East titles in his four years.

Devos, who will graduate early after just three years, held one of the highest GPAs in BU’s student-athlete body with a 3.90 in management. He played second singles and first doubles and was a three-time all-conference player and 2010 America East Rookie of the Year.

Ruben Haggai carries a 3.69 GPA in management was a key member of the 2012 championship team. He played No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles and also in the spring was inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society for his academic acumen.

Binghamton men’s tennis, which has produced the highest team GPA of any sport from any school in each of the last two years, has generated 16 America East All-Academic recipients in the last seven years.

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