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BU men’s tennis star Vloedgraven falls in NCAA first round
Senior loses to No. 48 Kellen Damico from Texas, 6-3, 6-4 at Stanford
May 25, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton men’s tennis senior Sven Vloedgraven saw his brilliant career come to a close at the NCAA Singles Championship Wednesday afternoon at Stanford’s Taube Tennis Center. Vloedgraven, unseeded, lost 6-3, 6-4 to 48th-ranked Kellen Damico of Texas in the first round of the 64-man event.
He was broken on his first service game of each set and couldn’t turn the tide against Damico, who was an NCAA doubles runnerup in 2008.
“Sven played one bad game in the beginning of the first set and trailed 3-0 before the players held serve the rest of the set,” head coach Adam Cohen said. “He didn’t play a good first service game to start the second set and was broken. Sven did get a break back and played good but just wasn’t able to get enough free points on his serve, unlike his opponent, who got a high first service percentage and was hitting aggressively on the forehand side.”
Vloedgraven, ranked No. 77, was making his second straight individual NCAA appearance after being among the top-125 in the final ITA Rankings. He was the only player from the Northeast competing in the singles draw and brought a 21-match win streak into the NCAA tournament.
“Sven put Binghamton tennis on the national map,” Cohen said. “He advanced to five consecutive national-level tournaments and will go down in history as one of the best players in school history. I wish he had a few more years of eligibility left.”
He finished the season with a 32-8 record and his 113 career wins (113-34) are the new program standard. Vloedgraven was a three-time America East Player of the Year and two-time ITA Northeast Regional champion. Earlier in the week, he was named the ITA Northeast Region Senior Player of the Year.