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Stony Brook's Prerana Appineni (left) and Binghamton's Bastian Bornkessel learned the NCAA draws for the respective teams on Tuesday evening. The Seawolves will take on the Stanford Cardinal and the Bearcats face Ole Miss.
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Bearcats and Seawolves Learn NCAA Tennis Draws

Release: 05/01/2012
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Fresh off their conference championship wins this weekend, the Binghamton men’s and Stony Brook women’s tennis teams learned their NCAA fates today. The Bearcats will head to Oxford, Miss. for a May 12 first round match against 13th-ranked Ole Miss while the Seawolves ship out west to Palo Alto, Calif. to take on the fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal on May 11. The official brackets were unveiled earlier this evening.

Binghamton clinched its fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and eighth in the last 10 years by virtue of its 4-1 win over UMBC in the conference title match at the USTA National Tennis Center over the weekend. Led by the Most Outstanding Player at the conference championship Alex Haggai, the Bearcats bring an eight-match win streak down to Mississippi.

Haggai dominated over the weekend in Flushing, cruising through both of his singles match in straight sets at No. 1. His two doubles wins at the conference championships gave him 73 for his career which is the most all-time at Binghamton.

The Bearcats faced Ole Miss back in the 2004 NCAA Tourney and the Rebels won that contest 4-0. 2012’s winner will face the winner of the Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee matchup.

Stony Brook won its first-ever women’s tennis conference title and had to win three matches in three days to do so. After a first round victory over Albany the Seawolves knocked off 18-time defending conference champion Boston University, 4-3  in the semis and then went on to defeat UMBC, 4-2 to earn the league’s automatic berth.

The tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Polina Movchan won the clinching matches for the Seawolves against the Terriers and Retrievers. Only a freshman, Movchan went 3-0 at No. 2 singles improving her 2012 dual match record to 18-2 at that spot.

Stanford, the 2010 National Champion and 2011 National Runner-up, will be a tough test as the Cardinal posted an 18-1 record this spring.

The winner of this matchup will advance to take on the winner of the Yale vs. St. Mary’s (Calif.) match.

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