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van Kann wins singles title at Penn Tennis Invitational

Sophomore goes 4-0; Haggai goes 3-1 to take consolation crown

September 30, 2012

van Kann wins singles title at Penn Tennis Invitational

Final championship brackets

Final consolation brackets

Contact: John Hartrick (

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton men’s tennis had two players earn titles at the Penn Invitational. The Bearcats brought four players to the 16-team, flighted event at the Penn Hamlin Tennis Center. The singles and doubles competition began Friday and wrapped up Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Florian van Kann won all four of his matches to capture the title of the Hamlin Flight. In Sunday’s final, van Kann went three sets to beat Sylvester Wee from the host Quakers, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2.

“Florian got better with each match as the tournament progressed, which is what you want to see from your guys” head coach Adam Cohen said. “Hopefully this will give him more confidence moving forward this fall.”

Junior Ruben Haggai shook off an opening-round loss to win three straight matches and seize the consolation finals in the Levy Flight. He defeated Chris Jiminez of St. Francis, 6-1, 6-0 in the final.

“I was pleased with how Ruben bounced back after suffering a tough first round defeat,” Cohen added.

The Bearcats compete in the Virginia Fall Classic next weekend.

Match Results

Ruben Haggai - Levy Flight
lost to Adam Lawton (Delaware), 5-7, 6-3, 10-2
defeated Charlie Carrera (St. Peter’s), 6-2, 6-2
defeated Austin Kaplan (Penn), 6-4, 6-1
defeated Chris Jiminez (St. Francis), 6-1, 6-0

Ismael Dinia - Penn Flight
lost to Jeremy Court (Penn), 7-6 (4), 7-5
lost to Matt Hagan (Iowa), 7-6 (10), 4-6, 10-7

Bastian Bornkessel - Hamlin Flight
lost to Nicolas Paulas (Temple), 7-5, 6-2
lost to Nolan Gelman (Delaware), 7-6, 6-4

Florian van Kann - Hamlin Flight
defeated Tommy Gates (St. Joseph’s), 6-4, 7-5
defeated Rob Wong (Penn), 6-3, 6-3
defeated Joey White (Iowa), 6-4, 4-6, 10-8
defeated Sylvester Wee (Penn), 7-5, 1-6, 6-2

Bornkessel/Dinia - “A” Flight

defeated Montdague/Urrea (St. Joseph’s), 8-4
lost to Spector/To (Brown), 8-5

Haggai/van Kann - “B” Flight
lost to Paulas/Vasconez (Temple), 8-5

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