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Men's Tennis Stuns No. 2 Stony Brook,4-1; Will Face Top-Seeded Binghamton for America East Title on Sunday
Flushing, N.Y.- The third-seeded UMBC menís tennis team upset No. 2-seeded Stony Brook, 4-1, and moved into Sundayís title match vs. No. 1 Binghamton. The tournament is being contest at the U.S. National Tennis Center.
The Retrievers and Bearcats met for the 2011 championship and the top-seeded Bearcats prevailed, 4-1.
UMBC (10-9) avenged a regular season 4-3 setback to the Seawolves with the semifinal victory.
The doubles point came down to the match at the No. 2 position, where the freshmen duo of Juan Manual Aranzazu (Ibague, Colombia) and Daniel Gray (/Bullis) prevailed in a tie-breaker, 9-8 (7-3).
Stony Brook evened the match with a win at No. 4 singles, but freshman Kamal Patel (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) came through with a 7-5, 6-4 victory at the No. 6 slot to regain the lead for the Retrievers.
The other four matches would all head to third sets. Senior Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz.) dropped the first set, 6-4, at No. singles, but rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Bertrand. With the matches at No. 3 and No. 5 nearly even, UMBC senior Cristian Hodel (Calarasi, Romania) won the biggest match of his Retriever career, edging SBUís Nikita Fomin, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 at No. 1 singles to give the Retrievers the hard-earned victory.
It was just Fominís third loss of the season at the No. 1 singles position.
UMBC is seeking its second America East title- they captured their first in 2007.