For Immediate Release: December 5, 2003
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Tennis standout Hanegby breaks into regional rankings

Binghamton University men's tennis freshman Dan Hanegby (Herzeliya, Israel) has earned a ranking of 19th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NCAA Division I Northeast Region poll. The rankings, based on the fall season, show the top 30 singles players and top 15 doubles teams from each of the eight regions across the country.

Hanegby went 12-2 in the abbreviated fall season, playing number one singles for head coach Michael Starke. He advanced to the round of 16 at the ITA East Regional, reached the semifinals at the Cornell Invitational, and posted a perfect 4-0 record in dual matches.

"This is a tremendous achievement for Dan," Starke said. "It is an accomplishment to gain a regional ranking, but to do this as a freshman is outstanding. Dan's ranking is well deserved, and reflective of a work ethic and competitive spirit of the highest nature. Already, Dan has exceeded my expectations, and he is only a freshman. What I find really exciting is Dan's best tennis is ahead of him. I am very happy for Dan and salute his efforts."

Hanegby is the highest ranked freshman in the region.

Ironically, he appears one spot above another stellar international player and Starke recruit - Akshay Rao, who transferred to Columbia after 1 1/2 years at Binghamton.

In the spring, Hanegby will have a chance to climb even higher in the rankings, with likely encounters against five players ranked in the top-20. Those players are No. 4 Josef Novotny (UMBC), No. 9 Reed Hagmann (Colgate), No. 13 Zach Gallin (Cornell), No. 17 John Sabia (Army) and No. 18 Mario Arce (St. Bonaventure). Hanegby already owns a victory against No. 14 Malcome Scatliffe, having eliminated the Penn State player in straight sets at the ITA event.

Binghamton opens its spring semester competition on January 31 at the Army Invitational.

ITA Rankings - NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis

Dec. 4, 2003 – Fall

Northeast Region Rankings


1. Jamie Cerretani, Brown
2. David Lingman, Harvard
3. Cliff Nguyen, Harvard
4. Josef Novotny, UMBC
5. Andreas Laulund, Virginia Tech
6. Jonathan Chu, Harvard
7. Stephane Rod, Virginia Tech
8. Mark Barry, Penn State
9. Reed Hagmann, Colgate
10. David Rosenfeld, Yale
11. Angel Diankov, Virginia Tech
12. Adil Shamasdin, Brown
13. Zach Gallin, Cornell
14. Malcome Scatliffe, Penn State
15. Soren Spanner, Virginia Tech
16. Mark Riddell, Harvard
17. John Sabia, Army
18. Mario Arce, St. Bonaventure
19. Dan Hanegby, Binghamton
20. Akshay Rao, Columbia
21. Nick Goldberg, Brown
22. Scott Paltrowitz, Cornell
23. Ryan Murphy, Yale
24. Martin Wetzel, Harvard
25. Neil Bobba, Dartmouth
26. Todd Stecko, Penn State
27. Justin Slattery, Boston College
28. Jack Li, Harvard
29. Clint Keithley, Penn State
30. George Turner, Harvard


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