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Doubles tandem leads men's tennis at Cornell Invitational

ITHACA, N.Y. - Binghamton men's tennis received several strong individual performances at the two-day Cornell Invitational, held at the Reis Tennis Center. The non-scoring event featured teams from Yale, UConn, UMBC, Stony Brook, Middlebury and the host Big Red.

The doubles team of sophomore Edwin Gerard (Bayside, N.Y.) and junior Richemn Mourad (Sao Paulo, Brazil) advanced to the finals in the "A" flight before dropping an 8-4 match to a pair from Cornell. Gerard and Mourad posted an 8-0 win over Yale in the second round, and toppled a team from Middlebury, 8-2, in the semifinals.

"Edwin and Richemn played so well to get to the 'A' finals, which is no easy feat," head coach Michael Starke said. "They were a question mark when I first put them together as a doubles team, but they are playing wonderful together."

In singles, freshman Dan Hanegby (Herzeliya, Israel) won two matches before losing in the semifinals - his first loss of the fall season. Playing in the "A" singles flight, Hanegby won his opening two matches, a 6-1, 6-4 victory over a UConn opponent and an identical 6-1, 6-4 win against a player from Cornell. In the semifinals, he was defeated 7-6, 6-3 by a player from Middlebury.

"Dan was certainly impressive," Starke said. "He had a bit of a setback in the semifinal loss, which was a match both he and I thought he could win, but he is a special talent and will be playing good tennis for Binghamton for the next four years."

Sophomore Brian O'Connor (New Rochelle, N.Y.) won the "C" singles consolation flight with three three wins. After an opening-round loss, O'Connor defeated players from UMBC and UConn before defeating junior teammate Juan Garcia (Lima, Peru), 6-0, 6-2 in his last match. Garcia won two matches to set up the BU-BU encounter.

"After his initial loss, Brian lifted his chin up and had an excellent comeback," Starke said.

The Bearcats are off until facing Division III national power Williams College in a dual on October 4.

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