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Men’s tennis pushes No. 21 NC State to final match in 4-3 loss

After strong showing, BU stays in N.C. to face UNC-Wilmington on Sunday

March 10, 2012

Men’s tennis pushes No. 21 NC State to final match in 4-3 loss

RALEIGH, N.C.—Visiting Binghamton (5-8) pushed No. 21 NC State to the final singles match in a narrow 4-3 loss Saturday afternoon at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium.

The match was tied at 3-3 before the Wolfpack (13-2) pulled out a marathon match at No. 3 singles to clinch the win.

After dropping the doubles point, BU won at fourth, fifth and sixth singles to keep the outcome in doubt. Freshman No. 4 Robin Lesage lost the first set before rallying for a 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 win over Beck Bond. Classmate Ismael Dinia also lost his first set before battling back for a 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 win at the fifth spot. Sophomore Ruben Haggai rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 6.

At No. 3, junior Bastian Bornkessel was locked in a tight battle with Rafael Paez. Bornkessel captured the first set, 15-13, in a tiebreak. Paez came back to win the match, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4.

Binghamton plays at No. 43 UNC-Wilmington on Sunday.

No. 21 N.C. State 4, Binghamton 3

1. Dominic Hodgson (NCSU) def. Ruben Devos (Binghamton), 6-4, 6-3.
2. Robbie Mudge (NCSU) def. Alexandre Haggai (Binghamton), 6-2, 6-0.
3. Rafael Paez (NCSU) def. Bastian Bornkessel (Binghamton), 6-7 (15-13), 7-5, 6-4.
4. Robin Lesage (Binghamton) def. Beck Bond (NCSU), 5-7, 7-6, 6-4.
5. Ismael Dinia (Binghamton) def. Matt Thomson (NCSU), 6-7 (7-4), 6-3, 6-1.
6. Ruben Haggai (Binghamton) def. Sean Weber (NCSU), 6-1, 6-2.
Order of finish: 2, 6, 1, 5.

1. Julian Sullivan/Sean Weber (NCSU) def. Bastian Bornkessel/Ruben Devos (Binghamton), 8-4.
2. Robbie Mudge/Jaime Pulgar (NCSU) def. Alexandre Haggai/Rafael Rodriques (Binghamton), 8-2.
3. Beck Bond/Will Rollinson (NCSU) def. Robin Lesage/Ismael Dinia (Binghamton), 8-7 (7-3).

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