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Men’s tennis great doubles run ends in ITA semifinals

Devos, Bornkessel win four matches before bowing out

October 18, 2011

Men’s tennis great doubles run ends in ITA semifinals

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ITHACA, N.Y. - The Binghamton men’s tennis doubles tandem of Ruben Devos and Bastian Bornkessel saw their great run end in the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional, held at Cornell’s Reis Tennis Center.  The pair won four matches to advance further at the regional event than any BU doubles team has during its Division I era.

On Monday morning, Devos and Bornkessel rolled to an 8-3 quarterfinal win over Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur of Columbia.  But in the afternoon semis, the big-serving, third-seeded duo of Alistair Felton and Casey Macmaster of Harvard prevailed 8-3.

“Ruben and Bastian played four very good matches,” head coach Adam Cohen said.  “They ran into a tough-serving team from Harvard ... but I’m pleased with how they played.  They beat four quality opponents in the draw.” 

In the Round of 16 match against opponents from FDU, Devos and Bornkessel roared to an 8-0 win.  Earlier in the tournament, Devos and Bornkessel posted an 8-4 win over a team from Cornell and then an 8-5 win over the No. 9 seeds from Princeton. 

Freshman Ismael Dinia had his fine run in the singles event end on Sunday in the third round.  Dinia had earned his way into the main draw with two wins in the qualifier, including a 6-3, 6-2 win over the top-seeded player from Stony Brook in the qualifier.  He then posted two wins in the main draw - a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 win over Dan Richardson of Princeton and a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 triumph over 17th-seeded Luke Gensburg, Colgate’s top player.  On Sunday, Dinia was beaten by Gery Nate of Columbia, 6-2, 6-3 in the Round of 32.

On Saturday, senior Alexandre Haggai was knocked off in his first match.  Haggai, seeded No. 17, suffered 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9) loss to Matt Siow of Princeton after owning a match point in the second set.  Devos dropped his first singles match, 7-5, 6-3, to Sam Fleck of Cornell.  Bornkessel lost to Fairfield’s Ian Tesmond, 6-1, 6-3 in the first round.

The six-day event, which began Friday, featured a 128-man singles draw and a 32-team doubles draw.

The Bearcats will conclude their fall season at the Cornell Fall Indoor event on November 4-6. 

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