For Immediate Release: September 21, 2005
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O'Connor, Piro win consolation draws at Cornell Men's Tennis Invitational

Complete Results

ITHACA, N.Y. - Binghamton men's tennis had a solid showing at the eight-team Cornell Invitational, with senior tri-captain Brian O'Connor (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and sophomore Mark Piro (Clifton Park, N.Y.) each capturing consolation titles in their respective singles flights.

O'Connor rebounded after dropping his opening match at "B" singles to win three consecutive matches. He scored a 6-3, 6-2 win over Marc Asch of Cornell before dispatching two of his own teammates in the final two matches. O'Connor defeated sophomore Faisal Mohamed (Lynbrook, N.y.), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 and then knocked off senior Richemn Mourad (Sao Paulo, Brazil), 6-1, 6-0 in the final.

"I'm not surprised at the level of tennis Brian displayed this past weekend," head coach Michael Starke said. "This is how Brian can and should play. He's an awesome talent with serious offensive skills. I fully anticipate Brian having an electric senior year."

Piro, meanwhile, lost a three-set opening match to Salih Unsal of Middlebury before rattling off three straight wins, including an 0-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over Middlebury's Kevin Bergeson in the final.

"It was a great display of how to turn around a match," Starke said of Piro's comeback in the final. "Together with Roger Sherwood (assistant coach), Mark devised an alternate game plan which changed the momentum and ultimately the outcome of the match. Mark continues to impress."

In the "A" singles flight, sophomore No. 1 Alex Dobrin (Flushing, N.Y.) won two matches before bowing out in the semifinals. Dobrin topped Chris Innes of Colgate, 6-4, 6-2 in his first match and then bested Tongle Yu of Cornell, 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. He lost to Nate Edmunds of Middlebury, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

Junior transfer Aurelio Martinez (Oaxaca, Mexico) went 1-1 in the "A" singles flight.

"We looked fair," head coach Michael Starke said of his team's overall performance. "I'm reasonably happy, though we've still got work to do. We need to compete better, but this puts us in a better mindset to go to the ECAC Championship."

The Bearcats are one of 16 teams headed to Flushing, N.Y. for the ECAC Championship beginning September 30.


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