#retriever50for50 - Puryear's Men's Tennis Squad Edges Stony Brook for America East Title

#retriever50for50 -  Puryear's Men's Tennis Squad Edges Stony Brook for America East Title

Like many Retriever teams in the late 1990's and 2000's, the UMBC men's tennis teams had a great deal of success in the America East Conference. Keith Puryear's men's squads won titles in four consecutive years from 2000-2003, but found tougher sledding when they joined the America East Conference in the spring of 2004. The Retrievers were unable to reach the title match of the league championships in their first three efforts. 

But Moment No. 34 in the #retriever50for50 countdown would occur on April 29, 2007. UMBC put together a solid 13-5-1 regular season and earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament held in New Haven, Conn. On Saturday, April 28, the Retrievers faced a difficult semi-final match vs. Binghamton , but good doubles play and singles wins at the bottom of the ladder by Fredi Voorman, Nick Savage-Pollock and Fernando Ferreira propelled UMBC to a 4-2 victory.    

In the title match the next morning, UMBC faced third-seeded Stony Brook.

UMBC earned the doubles point as Voorman and Savage-Pollock teamed up at No. 1 doubles to record a win, while Irfan Shamasdin and David Jackson won for the Retrievers at No. 2 doubles.

Savage-Pollock won his No. 5 singles' match, while Ferreira won at No. 6 singles to bring UMBC to within one point of the championship. Stony Brook won at No. 2 singles and the other three singles matches all headed to third and deciding sets. Moreover, all three of those matches went deep into those sets.

At No. 3 singles, Jackson dropped the first set, but evened the match at 4-6, 6-4 against Nihal Advani. The third set went to a tie-breaker, but the UMBC senior from Eldersburg captured the breaker, 7-5, and the rest of the Retrievers rushed the court to mob Jackson in celebration.

Jackson earned Most Outstanding Performer honors for the championships. The Retrievers fell, 4-0, to host Duke in the NCAA Championship.

The conference title was Puryear's 11th and final championship as the head coach of the Retrievers. He was inducted into the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.