Cambridge, Mass. – The UMBC men's tennis team will begin its quest for their second America East title when they face Boston U. in the conference semifinals on Saturday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m.
Both the women's and men's championships take place from April 29-May 1 at the Yale Tennis Center in New Haven, Conn.
UMBC (13-5) is seeded second in the championship, while the Terriers are the No. 3 seed.
Top-seeded Binghamton is attempting to win their fourth consecutive America East Championship and seventh title in nine years.
The Retriever men are 72-30 (.706) over the last five seasons and 306-220 (.582) in their 25-year NCAA Division I history. They have won one America East title (2007) and were the runner-ups last season and in 2008.
The lone senior on head coach Rob Hubbard's team, Mwali Phiri (Yonkers, N.Y./Tyler JC) led the team with 13 singles victories (13-4) and 22 total wins. Phiri competed primarily at No. 6 singles and ended the year paired with junior Rasid Winklaar (Willemstad, Curacao/Abraham Baldwin) at No. 2 doubles.
Winklaar and sophomore Gaulthier Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France/Institute Deschamp)each went 12-3 in singles, primarily playing at No. 2 and No. 5 respectively.
Winklaar had UMBC's longest single match winning streak of the year at seven straight. Berret started the season at 5-0 and won the deciding match on two occasions - in 4-3 victories over Old Dominion and Temple.
For more information on the 2011 America East Tennis Championships, visit Championship Central at AmericaEast.com.