For Immediate Release: October 2, 2005
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Binghamton men's tennis knocks off No. 9 American 5-2 at ECAC Championship

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Binghamton (3-1) men's tennis closed out its competition at the ECAC Division I Men's Invitational Tennis Championship with a 5-2 win over No. 9 American Sunday at the USTA National Tennis Center. The Bearcats, seeded No. 13 in the 16-team field, went 2-1 at placed ninth at the championship.

Against American, Binghamton grabbed the doubles point and then captured four of the six singles matches.

"It was by far our finest display of the year," head coach Michael Starke said. "They showed tremendous team spirit, energy and a high level of tennis."

Senior Brian O'Connor (New Rochelle, N.Y.) continued his stellar play with a pair of wins - at No.1 doubles and at No. 3 singles. In his singles match, OConnor posted a 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 victory, winning the third-set super tiebreak 10-6. Earlier, he teamed with sophomore Alex Dobrin (Flushing, N.Y.) for an 8-6 win at the top doubles spot.

"No. 1 doubles played a fantastic match," Starke said. "Brian (O'Connor) announced that he's one of the better doubles players in the region with his performance and Alex (Dobrin) had by far the best doubles performance of his career. They beat a very talented team."

Senior Richemn Mourad (Sao Paulo, Brazil) posted a 7-5, 6-2 win at fourth singles and classmate Edwin Gerard (Bayside, N.Y.) rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 triumph at No. 6. The pair also combined for an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles. Sophomore Mark Piro (Clifton Park, N.Y.) clinched the team victory with his comeback win at No. 5 singles. He improved to 8-2 in the fall with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 win.

"Mark found a way to dig in, weather the storm and nail down the victory," Starke said.

Binghamton winds up the fall season at the ITA Northeast Regional, hosted by Dartmouth on October 20-26.

1. Dobrin/O'Connor (BU) def. Frayssinoux/Vazquez (A), 8-6
2. Mourad/Gerard (BU) def. Proisy/Schnell (A), 8-4
3. Harris/Singer (A) def. Martinez/Piro (BU), 8-5

1. Nicolas Frayssinoux (A) def. Alex Dobrin (BU), 6-3, 6-1
2. Juancarlo Vazquez (A) def. Aurelio Martinez (BU), 6-2, 6-4
3. Brian O'Connor (BU) def. Sebastien Proisy (A), 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
4. Richemn Mourad (BU) def. Jeffrey Schnell (A), 7-5, 6-2
5. Mark Piro (BU) def. Andrew Singer (A), 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
6. Edwin Gerard (BU) def. Jason Harris (A), 6-2, 6-2


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