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Bearcats defeat Rhode Island 5-2

ORLANDO, Fla. - Binghamton (9-8) won four of the six singles matches and captured the doubles point to defeat Rhode Island 5-2 Thursday in the team's final match of its spring break trip to Florida.

Sophomore Akshay Rao (New Delhi, India) scored a 6-2, 6-1 win at first singles after teaming with senior Brad Sherwood (Bronx, N.Y./Fordham Prep) for an 8-5 pro-set win at first doubles. Sherwood also won his match at fourth singles, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. Freshman Edwin Gerard (Queens, N.Y./Edgemont) posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory at third singles.

"The guys who won played well," head coach Michael Starke said. "We didn't light the world on fire, but we picked up a win. I think we finally have new life in our doubles lineup."

RESULTS
BU 5, Rhode Island 2

DOUBLES
Rao/Sherwood (BU) def. Moran/Parente (RI), 8-5
Antons/Romeyn (RI) def. Davidoff/O'Connor (BU), 9-8 (7-4)
Gerard/Krishna Vallabhaneni (BU) def. Shtthen/Barbera (RI), 8-2

SINGLES
Akshay Rao (BU) def. Bill Moran (RI), 6-2, 6-1
Dustin Parente (RI) def. Brad Davidoff (BU), 7-5, ret.
Edwin Gerard (BU) def. Karl Antons (RI), 6-2, 6-1
Brad Sherwood (BU) def. Dan Romeyn (RI), 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
Brian O'Connor (BU) def. Rob Sutthen (RI), 6-3, 6-1
Nick Barbera (RI) def. Rodrigo Valle (BU), 7-5, 6-4

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