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Men's Tennis Drops Heartbreaking 4-3 Decision to Binghamton in America East Finals
UMBC (15-5) had advanced with a 4-3 decision over Stony Brook in the semifinals. The second-seeded UMBC womenís team (13-4) fell in the semifinals to third-seeded
In the menís title match, the Bearcats won at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles to take the double point. UMBC, the defending league champions, got off to a good start in singles, as two Retriever seniors posted straight set wins. No. 6 Fernando Ferreira defeated Alex Dobrin, 6-3, 6-2 and No. 3 Irfan Shamasdin edged Moshe Levy, 6-4, 6-3.
At No. 5 singles, UMBC sophomore Fredi Voorman was undefeated in singles (5-0) since returning from a hand injury and defeated Arven Jain, 6-4 in the matchís first set. But Jain won a second-set tie-breaker, (7-6) and prevailed, 7-5 in the final set.
In the semifinals, UMBC won the doubles point over the Seawolves, and Jackson, Voorman and Ferreria triumphed to give the Retrievers a date with the Bearcats in the finals.
On the womenís side, the Retrievers saw their 12-match win streak come to a end. UMBC did capture the doubles point, but lost both three-set singles matches. Junior No. 4 Cornelia Carapcea and freshman No. 6 Emily Mannix won in straight sets, but senior No. 3 Pascaline Cette and junior No. 5 Joy Adewumi could not complete valiant comeback efforts. Cette dropped the first set to Yulia Smirnova, 6-2, but reversed that result with a 6-2 second set win. But Smirnova captured the deciding set, 6-4. Adewumi lost, 6-3 to Erica Rosenblum in the first set, but came back with a strong 6-1 victory in the second set. But Rosenblum prevailed in the deciding set, 6-4 and the Bearcats prevented UMBC from its second straight finals appearance.