Tulsa Men's Tennis Cruises Past Binghamton, 4-0
May 10, 2008
Tulsa, Okla. - The 11th-ranked University of Tulsa's men's tennis team dominated the Binghamton Bearcats, 4-0, on a windy Saturday afternoon at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, en route to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This marks the third time TU has reached the second round, with its last appearance being in 2006. The Golden Hurricane moved to 22-4 on the season.
Tomorrow at 1 p.m. TU will face in-state rival Oklahoma State Cowboys for the second time this season. In the early meeting, on April 9th at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, Tulsa defeated the Cowboys, 6-1.
The Golden Hurricane took the early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point handily. The 27th-ranked pair of Andy Connelly and Ross Cunningham won at No. 1, downing Binghamton's top-team of Gregoire Berner and Faisal Mohamed, 8-2. The doubles point was clinched at No. 3 with Will Gray and Alberto Sottocorno defeating Arnav Jain and Moshe Levy, 8-3. This was only the second time this season that Gray and Sottocorno had played together. At No. 2, the 55th-ranked duo of Arnau Brugues and Ricardo Soriano lead 6-5 over Sebastian Dietz and Sven Vloedgraven before the match ended due to the doubles point being decided.
Senior co-captain Connelly gave TU a quick 2-0 lead after smoking Alex Dobrin, 6-0, 6-0. Two-time All-American and 18th-ranked Brugues gave the Golden Hurricane a commanding 3-0 cushion, cruising past Mohamed at No. 1, 6-1, 6-1. Tulsa had multiple players with the chance to close out the match. TU's other co-captain Gray was 5-0 in the second-set, but could not finish off Vloedgraven at the No. 2 position with the matching remaining unfinished, 6-2, 5-3, DNF. Clinching the match was senior Soriano, who dispatched the Bearcats' Levy, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 2. Senior Sottocorno also had a chance to end the match against Dietz at No. 4, 6-3, 5-3, DNF. Also not finishing was Cunningham, who split the first two sets with Jain and ending at 6-3, 4-6, 2-2, DNF.
Head coach Vince Westbrook said of the match and the conditions, "well considering the conditions and the waiting around all day, I thought that we played pretty good. I like how overall we were really mature on how we handled the conditions, because usually these matches with these kinds of wind conditions would be pulled inside and I wanted to be outside. I think the conditions really helped us because they had to hit a lot of balls today, it was not easy and I will actually take this instead of coming out and annihilating this team and then feeling really good about ourselves and then we come out tomorrow and we have not hit enough balls because it has been three weeks that we have been out of competition, so there are a lot of positives we can take from this match today."
The Golden Hurricane will again be in action tomorrow at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center against No. 20 Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. Tickets prices for tomorrow's match are $8 for Adults and $5 for Youth.
#11 Tulsa 4, Binghamton University 0
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