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Tennis falls in America East semifinals

After prevailing with a 4-2 win over the University of Hartford in the America East quarterfinals at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Friday, the Boston University men’s tennis team lost its semifinal matchup with Binghamton University on Saturday, ending the team’s season with a 6-14 record.

BU had success in its quarterfinal matchup despite the absence of its consistent No. 1 singles player in junior Josh Friedman. Friedman injured himself in the final regular season matchup against the United States Military Academy.

In his absence, sophomore Jesse Frieder stepped in and made a big impact for the Terriers, winning the No. 1 singles matchup in straight sets over Hartford (4-15) junior Marco Neves. Seniors Regis Chang and Alex Green, as well as junior Alex Hallenbeck, picked up singles wins for the Terriers, helping the team secure a spot in the next round.

The Terriers next matched up with defending America East champion Binghamton (15-11), who handed BU its final defeat in last year’s America East semifinal as well. History repeated itself in Saturday’s semifinal, as the Bearcats beat the Terriers 4-0 and ended the Terriers’ season.

Green won a total of six games in his loss in straight sets to Binghamton freshman Florian van Kann, but that was the best any Terrier could muster against the eventual America East champions.

 

Women’s Tennis

 

The Boston University women’s Tennis team has held a long tradition of excellence in the America East tournament, maintaining an undefeated record in the tournament over the past 18 years. That streak came to an end in the America East semifinals on Saturday, when the top-seeded Terriers fell to fourth-seeded Stony Brook University 4-3 to make an early exit at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

BU (6-14), which entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed, lost the final singles points to Stony Brook (13-7) thanks to freshman Polina Movchan’s heroics over BU sophomore Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis.

Stony Brook took the early lead in the matchup with two wins in doubles matches, but BU senior Petra Santini brought the teams even with a win at the No. 5 spot after an injury to Seawolves’ junior Chloe Pike. The Terriers won the No. 3, 5 and 6 matchups in singles, including a win from two-time America East Player of the Year senior Stefanie Nunic, but BU could not get the final win it needed to prevail.

Four out of the six singles matches went into a third set, and three of the singles matches had a tiebreaker decide one of the sets.

Stony Brook advanced to win the America East championship over the University of Baltimore-Maryland County, becoming the lowest seed to win the America East title.

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