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BU men’s tennis beats UMBC 4-1 to claim fourth straight America East title

Bearcats will advance to NCAA tournament for seventh time in last nine years

May 1, 2011

BU men’s tennis beats UMBC 4-1 to claim fourth straight America East title

WEST HAVEN, Conn.—Top-seeded Binghamton men’s tennis (12-13) made it four in a row with a 4-1 win over second-seeded UMBC in the America East championship match Sunday afternoon at Yale. The Bearcats captured their fourth straight conference crown and seventh in the last nine years and will now advance to the NCAA Championship.

“We were 2-12 in the middle of the season but got it going late and turned the season around,” head coach Adam Cohen said. “UMBC played tough today. It was crucial to get the doubles point and then a quick win from Sven made it 2-0. Our guys kept fighting until we got that fourth point. I’m pleased to win our fourth straight title… it says a lot about this senior class to win four in a row. That’s something great.”

The Bearcats won the first two completed doubles matches to take the opening point. Sophomores Ruben Devos and Bastian Bornkessel set the tone with their 8-3 win at the third spot.

In singles, senior Sven Vloedgraven, the championship’s Most Outstanding Player, dropped just one game in his straight-set singles triumph. Devos finished strong to close out his foe at sixth singles, winning 6-3, 6-3. That gave BU a 3-1 lead with three matches remaining.

Junior Gilbert Wong, playing his final conference championshipo before he graduates early, clinched the crown with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 4.

Junior Alexandre Haggai and senior Arnav Jain were both in control of their matches at No. 4 and No. 2 respectively, before they were halted once BU clinched the team win.

It was the third time in the last four years that BU has beaten UMBC for the title.

The Bearcats will now await their opponent and regional site for the NCAA first round. The selections will be announced at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and the team will gather in the TAU Bearcat Room in the Events Center to view the show.

Binghamton 4, UMBC 1

1. Vioedgraven/Wong (BING) led Hodel/Adewumi (UMBC), 7-6
2. Jain/A. Haggai (BING) def. Winklaar/Phiri (UMBC), 8-5
3. Devos/Bastian Bornkessel (BING) def Berret/Duprat (UMBC), 8-3

Order of finish: 3,2

1. Sven Vioedgraven (BING) def. Cristian Hodel (UMBC), 6-0, 6-1
2. Arnav Jain (BING) led Rasid Winklaar (UMBC), 6-3, 4-6, 2-1
3. Gilbert Wong (BING) def. Joe Adewumi (UMBC), 6-3, 7-5
4. Alexandre Haggai (BING) led Adam Duprat (UMBC), 7-5, 4-2
5. Gaulthier Berret (UMBC) def. Ruben Haggai (BING), 6-4, 6-1
6. Ruben Devos (BING) def. Mwali Phiri (UMBC), 6-3, 6-3

Order of finish: 1,5,6,3

[photo gallery…]
[video from America East championship…]
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[interview with head coach Adam Cohen…]

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