Immediate Release: February 26, 2005
"They earned the match," head coach Michael Starke said of Dayton. "I felt that between our top three singles players, someone should've gotten the job done. We deserved to lose. They played a harder and better match. As pumped up as we were after yeterday's win - this takes a big bite out of it. I hope we learn from this and come together more as a team."
Junior Brian O'Connor (New Rochelle) was the lone double-winner of the day for the Bearcats. O'Connor teamed with sophomore Dan Hanegby (Herzliya, Israel) for an 8-5 victory at first doubles and then posted a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles, raising his career singles mark to 53-26.
Freshman No. 4 Faisal Mohamed (Lynbrook) posted the other singles win in a wild affair. Mohamed dropped the first set 6-1 before rallying for the win with back-to-back tiebreak wins in the second and third sets. He trailed 6-1 in the second-set tiebreak before rallying, and was down a match point in the third set at 5-4, before storming back.
Bearcats will stay in Olean to face Dayton Saturday morning.
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