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BU men’s tennis star Vloedgraven ends senior season ranked No. 74

Bearcats ranked eighth as team in Northeast; Vloedgraven is No. 1 in region

June 9, 2011

BU men’s tennis star Vloedgraven ends senior season ranked No. 74

Final ITA Rankings

VESTAL, N.Y.—The final ITA rankings were released on Wednesday and once again, Binghamton men’s tennis was well represented. Senior Sven Vloedgraven earned a final national ranking of 74th and several Bearcats joined him near the top of the Northeast regional rankings. As a team, BU was positioned at No. 8 in the region - its third straight year among the top-10.

Vloedgraven moved up three spots with his highest ranking since early January. He finished his final season by making a second-straight appearance at the NCAA Singles Championship and was 32-8 in 2010-11 and 113-34 in his record-breaking career (77%).

The tennis and academic accolades continue to pour in for Vloedgraven, who earlier in the week earned national Academic All-America honors. The ITA also recognized him as its Northeast Region Senior Player of the Year.

Within the Northeast, Vloedgraven was the top-ranked singles player for the second straight year. He and partner Gilbert Wong also earned the No. 3 spot in the doubles rankings. They won 13 dual matches during the regular season, including their final six. In the team’s NCAA first-round contest against 12th-seeded UCLA, Vloedgraven and Wong led their 32nd-ranked opponents before the match was halted after the Bruins captured the doubles point.

Senior Arnav Jain was ranked No. 6 in the Northeast after another stellar season. Jain was 21-4 in duals primarily at the second position and reached the quarterfinals at the ITA Northeast Championship. He finished his career with a 101-28 singles record (78%). Jain and doubles partner Alexandre Haggai were ranked No. 7. They went unbeaten at the America East Championship and also had key wins in duals against nationally-ranked opponents Nebraska, East Tennessee State, Cornell and Harvard among others.

Binghamton (12-14) captured its fourth consecutive America East title and was also runnerup at the ECAC Indoor Championship in the fall. The Bearcats won eight straight matches (and 10 of 11) in the spring to advance to the NCAA Championship for the seventh time in the last nine years. Head coach Adam Cohen was selected as America East Coach of the Year for the third time in four years and his squad featured one of the premier senior classes (Vloedgraven, Jain, Wong) in the history of Northeast tennis.

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