The Binghamton University men’s tennis team split a pair of matches at Dartmouth’s Boss Tennis Center and Gordon Pavilion over the weekend, falling to the No. 59 ranked Big Green (3-3) 6-1 on Friday before earning a narrow 4-3 victory over Boston College the following day.
Freshman Sid Hazarika picked up the lone point for the Bearcats (4-3) on Friday, knocking off Dartmouth sophomore Sam Todd in singles play, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5.
Binghamton junior Ruben Haggai was the only other Bearcat to push his match into three sets, though he ultimately fell, 5-7, 7-6, 6-0.
“I thought we played just OK,” BU head coach Adam Cohen said. “We had some opportunities in the doubles portion of the match at the very beginning [and] we didn’t capitalize on those opportunities, which ultimately I guess could have been pivotal later … In singles we only won one out of the six, but we were competitive … We lost 6-1, but there definitely were some matches that could’ve gone either way.”
On Saturday, the Bearcats used a sweep in doubles play to garner the determining point in a 4-3 victory over Boston College (3-2).
The tandem of senior Bastian Bornkessel and sophomore Ismael Dinia and the duo of sophomore Robin Lesage and freshman Eliott Hureau notched 8-4 victories over their opponents in the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles slots, respectively. In the No. 3 slot, Hazarika and sophomore Aswin Nambi completed the sweep with an 8-6 victory of their own.
With Binghamton ahead 1-0, Lesage and BU freshman Alexander Maisin won the first of the team’s two singles matches to extend the Bearcats’ advantage to 3-0. Dinia fell in the No. 3 slot, but the Bearcats quickly recovered with a 6-0, 6-2 victory by Hazarika, who went 3-1 in singles and doubles play on the weekend and improved his team-best dual record to 6-1.
Binghamton would drop the next two matches, but the win had already been secured.
Cohen partly attributed the victory to Binghamton’s improved play in doubles.
“We won all three [doubles] matches, and anytime you can get that point it means you only have to get three, and that’s what we got in the singles portion,” he said. “We gave away a few matches I think … and a few of those matches we shouldn’t have lost but we did, so hopefully we can learn from some of those …. Nonetheless it was still good to leave 1-1 on the weekend.”
Binghamton is scheduled to return to action Feb. 23 and 24 at St. John’s and Columbia, respectively.