Men’s tennis team advances to postseason
April 20, 2015Tweet
Binghamton men’s tennis completed an unlikely turnaround to earn a postseason berth in the program’s first season as a member of the Mid-American Conference.
The Bearcats (7-15, 3-2 MAC) seized the No. 3 seed for the upcoming championship and will face second-seeded Western Michigan in a semifinal match at 2 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Northern Illinois University. The host and top-seeded Huskies will face fourth-seeded Buffalo in the opening semifinal. The two winners will meet in Saturday’s 1 p.m. championship with a berth to the NCAA Championship on the line.
After capturing seven consecutive championships as a member of the America East, Binghamton was presented a much stiffer challenge in the loaded MAC, where only the top four teams reach the postseason and the margin between second and fifth place was just one win.
Binghamton dropped its first two conference matches in early February - losses that spun into a 14-match losing skid that tested the team’s mettle. But head coach Nick Zieziula’s squad rallied with victories over Buffalo (5-2), Toledo (5-2) and then Binghamton earned a tournament-clinching 5-2 win on April 19 over defending MAC champion Ball State on the final day of the regular season.
“We have focused on the process of working hard each day and improving piece by piece,” Zieziula said. “We will continue that process this week and carry that attitude through Dekalb.”