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Hanegby shines at ITA Northeast Regional

ITHACA, N.Y. - Freshman Dan Hanegby (Herzeliya, Israel) capped a stellar fall season with an impressive showing at the Omni Hotels ITA Northeast Regional, played at the Reis Tennis Center in Ithaca. Hosted by Cornell, the tournament featured individuals from the top 33 schools in the region, and Hanegby drew attention by advancing to the round of 16 in the 96-man singles draw. He went 3-1 in the tournament, impressing head coach Michael Starke among others.

"It was a tremendous tournament for Dan," Starke said. "It was a real statement, making the round of 16 as a freshman. He turned some eyes."

Unseeded, Hanegby began the tournament on Friday with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Dennis Cravedi of Georgetown. On Saturday, he worked three sets to upset the No. 17 seed, Darius Craton of Princeton, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2. On Sunday, Hanegby scored a major upset when he eliminated the No. 6 seed, Malcolm Scatiffe of Penn State, 6-4, 7-6 (8). His run finally ended in the round of 16, where he fell to No. 16 seed Zach Gallin of host Cornell.

Hanegby's run marked the second straight year that Binghamton has advanced a singles player to the round of 16.

In doubles, the tandem of sophomores Richemn Mourad (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Edwin Gerard (Bayside, N.Y.) earned an 8-4 opening-match win over a Marist team before dropping an 8-2 result to the No. 10 seeded pair from Cornell. Mourad and Gerard were alternates who received late entry into the 56-team draw.

Hanegby and senior doubles partner Steve Spencer (Plantation, Fla.) were beaten 8-6 in the first round by the No. 12 team from Harvard. Starke was pleased with the duo's performance, however.

"They played a great match," he said. "Dan and Steve played with a lot of spirit, intensity, concentration and maturity. We tested them, but Harvard proved they had stronger mettle at the end."

The ITA Regional was one of 17 events taking place across the country over the past two weeks.

Hanegby ended his fall season with a sparkling 12-2 singles record and an 8-2 doubles mark.

The Bearcats return to competition on January 31 at the Army Invitational.

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