Men’s tennis downed by Binghamton

The men’s tennis team fell for a seventh straight match Saturday evening, losing to Binghamton 7-0.

The Owls (2-7, 1-1 Atlantic 10 Conference) have only won one point in their past four matches. The Bearcats (5-5, 0-0 America East Conference) snapped a two-match skid.

“We’ve played a lot of tough opponents, and we’re a very young team,” coach Steve Mauro said. “It’s taken us a little bit to figure it all out. Of course I would have liked to get a win, but I still think we’re headed in the right direction. Everyone’s working hard.”

In doubles, freshman Nicolas Paulus and sophomore Hernan Vasconez lost 8-1 to senior Bastian Bornkessel and sophomore Ismael Dinia in the top flight. In the second flight, senior Kacper Rams and freshman Santiago Canete won 8-6 against sophomore Robin Lesage and freshman Sid Hazarika. Sophomore Kristian Marquart and freshman Sam Rundle lost 9-7 to freshmen Alexander Maisin and Ellott Hureau in the third flight.

The third flight match was the last to finish, and Marquart and Rundle were both visibly angry after losing.

“We’ve had a lot of close matches,” Mauro said. “For example, today, doubles was close.”

In the singles top flight, Rams lost 6-3, 7-6 to Lesage. Marquart was defeated by Maisin 6-4, 7-3 in the second flight.

“He hardly practiced this week,” Mauro said of Rams. “We rested him as much as he could. Today he did a short warmup, only for 30 minutes. I thought he played pretty well today, considering [Lesage] is a pretty good player. I’m hoping he can work this out and work with his injury and get better.”

Canete lost 6-1, 6-1 in the third flight to Hazarika. In the fourth flight, freshman Hicham Belkssir fell 6-4, 6-3 to Dinia.

In the fifth flight, Vasconez was defeated by Hureau 6-0, 6-3. Paulus lost 7-5, 6-2 in the sixth flight to sophomore Florian Van Kann.

“Today I think everyone did a good job,” Paulus said. “But we need to be more consistent.”

The Owls are next in action at Duquesne on Wednesday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m.

Evan Cross can be reached at or on Twitter @EvanCross.

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