Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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OXFORD - For the third time in four years, Oxford College has come away triumphant from the NJCAA III Men's Tennis National Tournament, which took place May 11 to 15 in Plano, Texas.
Following a week of frequent rain delays, the Eagles entered the final round on Friday with a 11/2 point lead over Suffolk Community College and a four-point lead over Onondaga Community College.
With the Eagles in five of the nine finals, only two wins were needed to secure the team championship. Oxford pulled off three wins - Travis Platek's victory over Onondaga's Mason Drastal, Ben Freedman's topping of Onondaga's Ryan Everett and Chris Dickson's triumph over Maksim Vergazov of Kingsborough Community College.
"This is a great honor for Oxford College and an exciting cap on the year for this remarkable team," said Oxford men's tennis coach Brandon Feldman. "These young men have displayed great focus and worked very hard to reach this goal. We will proudly display this trophy for many years to come as a reminder of their achievement."
Three members of the Oxford team (Dickson, Freedman and Platek) were named to the All-America first-team singles roster. Freedman and Ethan Protas were selected for the second team All-America roster of doubles players.