sweep Stony Brook at Binghamton Tennis Center
In the men's match, Binghamton took two out of three doubles matches to earn the first point. Senior Brad Davidoff (Roslyn, N.Y.) and junior Steve Spencer (Platation, Fla./ Nova.) won at second doubles, 8-6, while freshman Edwin Gerard (Queens, N.Y./ Edgemont) and sophomore Krishna Vallabhaneni (Lagrangeville, N.Y./ Arlington) won at third doubles, 8-6. The first doubles match did not get completed, but with the Bearcats having won the other two matches, they were assured of the point.
That doubles point would prove to be valuable, as the two teams split the remaining six singles matches. Sophomore Akshay Rao (New Delhi, India) won at first singles, 6-1, 6-1 to improve his overall record to 29-4 on the season. Gerard won at third singles in dramatic fashion, 7-5, 6-7 (7-5), 6-7 (7-5) while freshman Brian O'Connor won at fifth singles, 6-1, 1-6, 6-1.
With the victory, the men's team is in the drivers seat to clinch the top spot in the upcoming America East Conference Championships (April 25-27). The Bearcats' last regular season match will be Sunday at 10 a.m. when they host Vermont.
the women's match, Binghamton posted its school record-tying
eighth consecutive win in dramatic fashion against Stony Brook,
4-2. The only other time that feat was accomplished came between
May 31, 1987-Sept. 29, 1987.
The Bearcats lost the doubles point but then came back to win four out of five singles matches. Freshman Justina Hakimi (Manhasset, N.Y./ Herricks) won at first singles, 6-1, 6-1, Alexis Brill (Syosset, N.Y.) won at fifth singles, 6-3, 6-3 while Kristin Jobe (Baytown, Texas/ Texas City) won for the eighth consecutive time, triumphing at fifth singles, 6-2, 6-0.
hero of the night, however, was senior Amy Weissberg (Syosset,
N.Y.), who pulled off the match-clinching 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (8-2)
win at third singles. Not only did Weissberg lose the first set,
but she was down 5-2 in the final set and appeared to be heading
for defeat. With her back against the wall, Weissberg managed
to force the tiebreaker, which she would eventually win 8-2.
The women are home against Bucknell on Saturday at 3 p.m.
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