4-0 Decisions Crown Bearcats, Seawolves #AECHAMPS
COLUMBIA, Md. - A pair of 4-0 decisions crowned the 2014 men's and women's tennis teams repeat champions. The Binghamton men claimed their seventh consecutive and 10th overall, while Stony Brook took home their third-straight crown as America East Champions.
Stony Brook receives an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and will watch the selection show on April 29th at 5:30 p.m. to learn their matchup, while Binghamton will see if they receive an at-large at 5:00 p.m.
Men's Championship- No. 1 Binghamton vs. No. 3 Stony Brook (Binghamton def. Stony Brook, 4-0)
- Binghamton finishes out their reign as America East Champions for their seventh-straight and 10th overall crown.
- The Bearcats have now defeated Stony Brook five times in AE title matches and six times in tournament play.
- Binghamton won doubles for the first point of the day with the duos of seconds Eliott Hureau/Janik Burri vs. Raphael Termat/Tyler Hoffman and thirds Sid Hazarika/Ismael Dinia vs. Marcelo Locatelli/Vini Deganib finishing back-to-back with scores of 8-4 and 8-3, respectively.
- The Bearcats entered singles play hungry for the championship crown as Nos. 6, 1 and 4 finished within minutes of each other.
- Florian Van Kann ended his match from the sixth position early on, triumphing over Brandon Stone and allowing just a single Seawolves point (6-0, 6-1).
- The top-flight followed suit shortly after with Sid Hazarika defeating Alex Felisa in two sets (6-2, 6-1).
- The eventual clincher was at the No. 4 spot as Ismael Dinia was victorious over Tyler Hoffman in two sets of 6-2 to help lift the Bearcats to the league title.
- The Most Outstanding Player was awarded to the team as Coach Adam Cohen felt that all the players contributed equally to the Bearcats’ championship victory.
- Binghamton senior captain Ruben Haggai accepted the Most Outstanding Player Award on behalf of the Bearcats.
Women's Championship - No. 1 Stony Brook vs. No. 3 NJIT (Stony Brook def. NJIT, 4-0)
- Stony Brook lengthened their America East Championship title streak to three with a 4-0 victory over NJIT.
- The Seawolves jumped out in front, 1-0, to start the afternoon with thirds and seconds earning the doubles point.
- Nadia Smergut and Becky Shtilkind took on Nathalie Habegger and Hannah MacDonald from the third flight, while Polina Movchan and Cassie Dix clinched the doubles point for the Seawolves with a victory over Natalia Melibeu and Carolina Zanotta at the No. 2 spot. Both matches finished with identical scores of 8-2.
- Polina Movchan went on to notch another point for the Seawolves from the first position as she put up a spotless score of 6-0, 6-0 against NJIT’s Ksenia Kuzmenko.
- No. 4 Nada Smergut continued Stony Brook’s run, defeating Nathalie Habegger (6-1, 6-4).
- Cassie Dix came out strong in the five slot against Natalia Melibeu as she collected the final point for the Seawolves in a 6-1, 6-1 victory.
- Polina Movchan was named the Most Outstanding Player as she led Stony Brook to another fantastic season. She blanked her opponent in the championship match and won her semifinal singles match 6-1, 6-1.
- The Seawolves earn an automatic bid and will represent the America East in the NCAA tournament with a 15-3 overall record on the season. They will learn of their NCAA draw at 5:30 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday, April 29.