The Binghamton University men’s tennis team had four players compete in this weekend’s Farnsworth Invitational in Princeton, N.J. The event, hosted by Princeton University, welcomed 10 total teams to the Lenz Tennis Center and included five singles flights and three doubles flights.
Sophomore Ruben Haggai and senior Rafael Rodrigues went 1-2 in the C doubles flight as the two teamed up to beat a Princeton team by a score of 8-3.
Individually, Rodrigues was the most successful Bearcat on the weekend as he won two matches on his way to the E singles flight semifinals. Prior to losing in three sets to Columbia’s Ian Laster (5-7, 6-2, 6-4), he tore through a Fairleigh Dickinson University opponent 6-3, 6-3 and continued his roll against a Princeton adversary 6-2, 7-5.
“I’m sure he feels OK about it,” Binghamton head coach Adam Cohen said. “He’s playing better than he did last year but he still has a long way to go.”
Meanwhile, Haggai was able to post wins in three matches in his D singles flights.
Freshmen Jonathan Hefetz and Ismael Dinia each won a match in C singles and teamed up in doubles play to win a match in B doubles.
“It’s just a matter of execution,” Cohen said. “If you can execute under pressure, you’ll probably win the matches. If you don’t execute, you’re not going to win. It’s like that in any sport.”
The team is next set to see action this weekend at the Virginia Plus 1 Invitational. But according to Cohen, in order for Binghamton to be successful it must first build on its early-season performances.
“We just need to do a better job of finishing when we’re in a position to do so and I guess [that would be] one thing to take away from the weekend. Other than that, we just need to keep working and getting better,” Cohen said.
The Bearcats will continue their fall season at the Virginia Plus 1 Invitational next weekend.