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Posted: May 19, 2009 6:08 p.m.

Best of the best

Oxford tennis captures national title

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From left to right, Ethan Protas, Ben Freedman, Chris Dickson, Travis Platek, Emilio Casillas and Anwar Ferdinand pose with Oxford's third national championship trophy in four years.

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 11-15 in Plano, Texas.

Following a week of frequent rain delays, Oxford entered the final round with a 1.5-point lead over Suffolk Community College and a 4-point lead over Onondaga Community College (Syracuse, New York). With 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 (Brooklyn, New York).

"This is a great honor for Oxford College and an exciting cap on the year for this remarkable team," said Brandon Feldman, Oxford’s director of athletics, who also coaches mens’ tennis. "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—Chris Dickson, Ben Freedman and Platek— were named to the All-American first team singles roster. Freedman and Ethan Protas were selected for the second team All-American roster of doubles players.

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