Immediate Release: March 31, 2005
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton sophomore men's tennis player Dan Hanegby (Herzliya, Israel) has achieved another milestone in his collegiate career, becoming the first BU tennis player to earn a national ranking at the Division I level. Hanegby is No. 87 in the latest poll, administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The computer-based poll ranks the nation's top 100 players.
"It's a historic achievement for Dan and our program," head coach Michael Starke said. "It's the culmination of talent and hard work and I'm very proud of Dan. And there's even room for improvement. He's just a sophomore."
Hanegby is 25-6 overall this season, including a 15-3 dual match record. His national ranking was aided by a difficult tournament schedule, which featured stops at the Harvard Invitational and Milwaukee Collegiate Classic in the fall. At Harvard, he was runnerup after knocking off No. 76 Adil Shamasdin from Brown University, and at Milwaukee, Hanegby upended No. 35 Avery Ticer of Minnesota en route to a semifinal finish. He is the fourth-highest ranked player from a Northest school, behind two players from Harvard and Shamasdin of Brown.
His spring conquests included straight-set wins over Akshay Rao of Columbia and Reed Hagmann of Colgate - two players placed ahead of Hanegby in the fall regional rankings. He has now won seven straight matches heading into a stretch of four consecutive matches against America East foes.
The Bearcats, two-time reigning conference champions, next host Hartford on April 2 on the West Gym courts.
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