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Men's Tennis Captures America East Conference Title; Women Fall to Boston Univ. in Finals
David Jackson was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player (photo: Jeff Kiely)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Top-seeded UMBC men's tennis squad earned its
first-ever America East Men's Tennis Championship by virtue of a 4-1 win
over No. 3 Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon at the Connecticut Tennis
Center in New Haven, Conn. The Retrievers earn America East's automatic
bid to the NCAA Championship.
The third-seeded Retriever women's team, which upset No. 2 Binghamton to reach the finals, fell to Boston University, 4-0 as the Terriers won their 14th consecutive America East title.
For the third-straight year and seventh-time in the last eight
championship, the top-seeded team won the title. The Retrievers were
participating in their first-ever America East Championship title game.
David Jackson's dramatic victory (4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5 TB)) over Stony
Brook's Nihal Advani at No. 3 singles helped secure the match for UMBC
and earned Jackson Most Outstanding Performer honors of the conference
tournament, which is voted on by the league's head coaches.
UMBC earned the doubles point as Fredi Voorman and Nick Savage-Pollock
teamed up at No. 1 doubles to record a win, while Irfan Shamasdin and
Jackson won for the Retrievers at No. 2 doubles. Savage-Pollock won his
No. 5 singles' match, while Fernando Ferreira won at No. 6 singles to
help UMBC clinch the title.
The America East Tennis Championship utilizes a format of three doubles
matches and six singles matches. Doubles matches are played first using
eight-game pro sets with a 12-point tie-break at eight games all. The
team winning two or more of the doubles matches receives one point in
the team scoring. The doubles matches are followed by the singles
matches using a best two-of-three sets format. Each singles match is
worth one point. A minimum of four points is required to win the team