Immediate Release: April 27, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- On the eve of the America East Men's Tennis Championship, senior No. 1 player Richemn Mourad (Sao Paulo, Brazil) has been chosen as the conference player of the year for the second straight year. Mourad and his Binghamton teammates are the three-time defending champions and will carry the No. 2 seed into Saturday's semifinals.
Mourad has 12 wins at the top spot this season, including four in his last six matches. He notched key wins against opponents from Stony Brook and UMBC in recent weeks, and also won 15 doubles matches.
"Richemn is very deserving of this award," head coach Michael Starke said. "Beginning in mid-January, he worked incredibly hard at his tennis and fitness. Richemn always comes up big and delivers in conference play. He is focussed and embodies the team concept. We hope this gives him and our team some momentum heading into our semifinal match."
Last spring, Mourad won the award, then called Most Outstanding Performer, after leading the Bearcats to their third consecutive team title. Binghamton has now won the top individual honors in each of the last four years. Previous winners included Akshay Rao (2003) and Dan Hanegby (2004).
Mourad was the lone Binghamton representative on the all-conference first team. Top-seeded Stony Brook was awarded the remaining eight singles and doubles positions.
Four BU singles players and two doubles teams earned second team all-star recognition. Sophomore No. 2 Alex Dobrin (Flushing, N.Y.), senior No. 3 Brian O'Connor (New Rochelle, N.Y.), junior No. 4 Aurelio Martinez (Oaxaca, Mexico) and sophomore No. 5 Faisal Mohamed (Lynbrook, N.Y.) were chosen by the coaches. Dobrin and O'Connor were the choice at No. 2 doubles and Mohamed and senior Edwin Gerard (Bayside, N.Y.) earned recognition at No. 3 doubles.
Binghamton (15-6) will open play with a semifinal match Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven. Stony Brook received the No. 1 seed. The Seawolves, who have lost to Binghamton in each of the last three title matches, earned the top seed with a 5-2 dual match victory over BU on April 10.
Binghamton will play the winner of a first-round match between No. 3 UMBC and No. 6 Hartford, which will be contested Friday morning. Earlier in the spring, BU toppled Hartford 7-0 and UMBC 5-2.
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