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2004 CUNYAC / Hospital for Special Surgery Men's Tennis Championship 

Baruch Captures Men's Tennis Championships; CCNY Is Runner-Up

Flushing Meadows, NY - The Baruch Bearcats captured the 2004 CUNY Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Championship at the U.S. National Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon. Baruch, who has now won a pair of titles over the last three years, outscored runner-up CCNY by a 45-37 margin. The Bearcats captured four of the nine singles and doubles flights contested, while CCNY won two.

Assistant coach Dana Buricea, who was coaching in the absence of head coach Florin Giuglescu, admitted that the win was not a total surprise. “We came here expecting to win,” said Buricea. “Winning the regular-season championship and going undefeated really gave our guys a lot of confidence. That being said, we are still extremely happy and the coaching staff is very proud of the team.”

Freshman Alex Sokol (Susan Wagner/Staten Island, NY) and junior Witton Ng (Midwood/Brooklyn, NY) each went home with a pair of gold medals to lead Baruch.

“It feels great to win the championship,” said Sokol. “It’s nice to win individual medals, but my goal was to pick-up as many points as I could for the team. We have great camaraderie on this team and everyone pulls for each other.”

Sokol defeated Rich Rappaport (Lincoln/Brooklyn, NY) from Brooklyn, 6-1, 6-3 to win the #4 singles flight and he paired with teammate Vladimir Goldin (Brooklyn Tech/Brooklyn, NY) to win at #2 doubles against John Jay’s Vitaly Zubry (Lincoln/Brooklyn, NY) and Christian Principe (Kennedy/Bronx, NY), 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. Ng took the #6 singles flight, by besting Brooklyn’s Eugene Vapner (James Madison/Brooklyn, NY) in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6, despite playing with severe leg cramps in the third set tie-break.

“It was the first time in my career that my legs cramped up,” said Ng. “No matter what happened, I was going to go out fighting. My trainer {Heather Cayward} and my teammates really helped me get through it.” Ng and his partner Maxim Moliver (Samara, Russia) won the #2 doubles flight by defeating Hunter’s Craig Kafko (Ramapo/Spring Valley, NY) and Boris Shenderovich (Edward Murrow/Brooklyn, NY), 6-0, 6-4.

CCNY senior Eric Stone (Simsbury, Conn/Bronx, NY) was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after winning the #1 singles flight as well as the #1 doubles bracket. Stone defeated John Jay’s Daniel Vizzi (Wayne Valley/Wayne, NJ), 6-2, 6-1 and teamed with junior Jason Fairbrother (Chandler (Arizona)/New York, NY) to defeat John Jay’s Vizzi and senior Dino DiSaverio (Humanities/Queens, NY), 6-3, 7-5 in doubles. Fairbrother also won a gold medal at #2 singles, defeating Baruch’s Boris Krant (Brooklyn Tech/New York, NY), 6-1, 6-1.

Staten Island freshman Eugene Sheer (Tottenville/Staten Island, NY) captured the #3 singles championship by defeating CCNY’s Justin Gonzalez (Archbishop Molloy/Queens, NY), 6-3, 7-6, and John Jay’s Steven Pires (Bunnell/Stratford, CT) fought-off Staten Island’s Marcel Sandougout (France), 6-3, 7-6, to win the #5 singles flight.

John Jay (33 points), Hunter (23), Staten Island (21), Brooklyn (19), Lehman (8), York (8), and City Tech (2)
rounded out the field.

Championship Results

Final Standings Conference Overall a
# School W L Pct. W L Pct. Home Away Neutral Streak
1   Baruch ^8 0 1.000 8 0 1.000 5-0 3-0 0-0 WON 8
2   John Jay6 2 .750 7 5 .5836-1 1-4 0-0 WON 3
3   Brooklyn5 3 .625 7 3 .700 5-0 2-3 0-0 WON 2
4   CCNY 5 3 .625 7 5 .583 4-1 3-4 0-0 LOST 1
5   Hunter5 3 .625 6 7.462 1-3 5-3 0-1 LOST 1
6   Lehman3 5 .375 4 9 .308 2-4 2-5 0-0 WON 1
7   Staten Island3 5 .375 3 8.273 3-3 0-5 0-0 LOST 2
8   York1 7 .125 1 7.125 1-5 0-2 0-0 LOST 1
9   City Tech0 8 .000 0 9 .000 0-1 0-8 0-0 LOST 9

^ Won Regular Season & Tournament Title

2003 CUNYAC / HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP

TEAM SCORING
BARUCH (45 POINTS), CCNY (37), JOHN JAY (33), HUNTER (23),
STATEN ISLAND (21), BROOKLYN (19), LEHMAN (8), YORK (8), CITY TECH (2)

INDIVIDUAL SINGLES FINAL RESULTS

FIRST SINGLES

#1 Eric Stone (CCNY) d. #3 Daniel Vizzi (John Jay), 6-2, 6-1

SECOND SINGLES

#1 Jason Fairbrother (CCNY) d. #2 Boris Krant (Baruch), 6-1, 6-1

THIRD SINGLES

#5 Eugene Sheer (CSI) d. #3 Justin Gonzalez (CCNY), 6-3, 7-6

FOURTH SINGLES

# 1 Alex Sokol (Baruch) d. #3 Rich Rappaport (Brooklyn), 6-1, 6-3

FIFTH SINGLES

# 1 Steven Pires (John Jay) d. #2 Marcel Sandougout (CSI), 6-3, 7-6

SIXTH SINGLES

#3 Witton Ng (Baruch) d. #4 Eugene Vapner (Brooklyn), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6

FIRST DOUBLES

#1 Eric Stone/Jason Fairbrother (CCNY) d. #3 Danie Vizzi/Dino DeSaverio (JJC) 6-3, 7-5

SECOND DOUBLES

#1 Vladimir Goldin/Alex Sokol (Bar.) d. #2 Vitaly Zubri/Christian Principe (JJC), 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

THIRD DOUBLES

#1 Witton Ng/Maxim Moliver (Bar.) d. #2 Craig Kafko/Boris Shenderovich (HC) 6-0, 6-0

CUNYAC Coach of the Year
FLORIN GIUGLESCU, BARUCH

2004 Results-Schedule-Standings:   Schedule & Results  May.3  Apr.26  Apr.19  Apr.12  Apr.5  Mar.29 

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