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Fan Poll: Men’ Tennis wins title after record-high vote

In battle of conference champions, men's tennis beats baseball for second straight crown

June 25, 2013


Fan Poll: Men’ Tennis wins title after record-high vote

Final bracket

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - Third-seeded men’s tennis made it 2-for-2, pouring it on over the final weekend of voting to defeat top-seeded baseball in the Fan Poll for 2012-13 “Moment of the Year.”

The battle of America East conference champions drew a record 1,606 unique voters to bubearcats.com and men’s tennis pulled away from a deadlock in the final two days of the contest, registering 65 percent of the final vote. It secured the second straight Fan Poll title for men’s tennis, which has another more impressive streak of six straight America East championships on its team resume. That streak is the second-longest current streak in any sport in the conference.

The Fan Poll, which spanned the month of July, featured the top-8 moments for Binghamton athletics during the 2012-13 school year in a seeded, bracket-style format.

Only one vote per computer was allowed for each matchup. Five teams and three individuals comprised this year’s bracket.

As the No. 4 seed, Men’s tennis captured the 2011-12 contest defeating the No. 10 seed Nolan Slesnick of the men’s swimming team with 59 percent of the vote.

The entire list of head-to-head results is below.

FINALS
No. 1 Baseball vs. No. 3 Men’s Tennis

No. 1 Baseball christens new home facility with championship season
After playing 80 straight games on the road spanning three seasons, the baseball team opened its new home stadium before capping its championship season back on the road at the NCAA Regional in Raleigh, N.C. The Bearcats were America East regular-season runnersup and then capped a wacky, rain-soaked six-day conference tournament by beating top-seeded Maine twice en route to the program’s second conference title in five years. After registering the program’s third 30-win season since 2007, BU compiled 18 hits and battled two nationally-ranked opponents to the wire in the NCAAs.

No. 3 - Men’s Tennis keeps churning out conference titles, wins sixth straight
Men’s tennis extended one of the longest current streaks in the America East in any sport by winning the program’s sixth consecutive conference title. The Bearcats, led by Northeast Region Coach of the Year Adam Cohen and the region’s top freshman in Sid Hazarika, shut out both opponents at the America East championship to punch the program’s ninth NCAA ticket in the last 11 years - the most national bids of any sports program at Binghamton. After notching 16 wins, including a 5-0 mark at its new home facility, BU finished its season with a trip to Athens, Ga. and an NCAA match against No. 2 Georgia.

RESULT
Men’s tennis wins with 65 percent of the vote
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SEMIFINAL #2
No. 1 Baseball vs. No. 5 Women’s Track & Field

No. 1 Baseball christens new home facility with championship season
After playing 80 straight games on the road spanning three seasons, the baseball team opened its new home stadium before capping its championship season back on the road at the NCAA Regional in Raleigh, N.C. The Bearcats were America East regular-season runnersup and then capped a wacky, rain-soaked six-day conference tournament by beating top-seeded Maine twice en route to the program’s second conference title in five years. After registering the program’s third 30-win season since 2007, BU compiled 18 hits and battled two nationally-ranked opponents to the wire in the NCAAs.

No. 5 - Women’s track is runnerup at the outdoor championship, hosted by Binghamton
The women’s track & field team earns its first-ever runner-up finish at an America East Championship Meet. After finishing a close third at the conference indoor meet in February, the Bearcats finally earn a second-place trophy at the outdoor meet, which was held at the East Gym Track & Field Complex. Alexis Murray scored a team-best 22 points, Jacqueline Huben wins the 3,000 steeplechase and Jessica Hennig advanced to the NCAA East Regional Meet in the 400.

RESULT
Baseball wins with 56 percent of the vote
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SEMIFINAL #1
No. 2 Volleyball vs. No. 3 Men’s Tennis

No. 2 - Volleyball sweeps two-time defending champ on home court for third America East title
After being chose fifth in the America East preseason poll the Binghamton volleyball team finished as the regular-season runnersup earning the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament. En route to their eighth conference tournament appearance in the last nine years, head coach Glenn Kiriyama captured his third America East Coach of the Year award while sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann became the first Binghamotn player to garner a major conference accolade being named the Co-Setter of the Year. At the conference tournament, hosted by two-time defending champion Albany, the Bearcats outlasted UMBC in five sets before dispensing of Albany in straight sets. The Bearcats made their third trip to the NCAA Tournament where they faced familiar foe No. 1 Penn State.

No. 3 - Men’s Tennis keeps churning out conference titles, wins sixth straight
Men’s tennis extended one of the longest current streaks in the America East in any sport by winning the program’s sixth consecutive conference title. The Bearcats, led by Northeast Region Coach of the Year Adam Cohen and the region’s top freshman in Sid Hazarika, shut out both opponents at the America East championship to punch the program’s ninth NCAA ticket in the last 11 years - the most national bids of any sports program at Binghamton. After notching 16 wins, including a 5-0 mark at its new home facility, BU finished its season with a trip to Athens, Ga. and an NCAA match against No. 2 Georgia.

RESULT
Men’s tennis wins with 55 percent of the vote.

QUARTERFINAL #4
No. 4 Vinson vs. No. 5 Women’s Track

No. 4 - Wrestler Donnie Vinson sets program’s all-time wins record
Senior wrestler Donnie Vinson finished his record-breaking career as the program’s all-time leader with 132 wins. Ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation in 2012-13, Vinson was undefeated in dual matches (17-0) and was selected as both the conference wrestler of the year and its championship MVP for a second straight year. He advanced to the NCAA Championship for the fourth straight year and won four matches to finish among the nation’s top-12. He was named Binghamton’s Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year and lost only eight times in 79 career dual matches. 

No. 5 - Women’s track is runnerup at the outdoor championship, hosted by Binghamton
The women’s track & field team earns its first-ever runner-up finish at an America East Championship Meet. After finishing a close third at the conference indoor meet in February, the Bearcats finally earn a second-place trophy at the outdoor meet, which was held at the East Gym Track & Field Complex. Alexis Murray scored a team-best 22 points, Jacqueline Huben wins the 3,000 steeplechase and Jessica Hennig advanced to the NCAA East Regional Meet in the 400.

RESULT
Women’s Track wins with 51 percent of the vote.

QUARTERFINAL #3
No. 3 Men’s tennis vs. No. 6 Softball

No. 3 - Men’s Tennis keeps churning out conference titles, wins sixth straight
Men’s tennis extended one of the longest current streaks in the America East in any sport by winning the program’s sixth consecutive conference title. The Bearcats, led by Northeast Region Coach of the Year Adam Cohen and the region’s top freshman in Sid Hazarika, shut out both opponents at the America East championship to punch the program’s ninth NCAA ticket in the last 11 years - the most national bids of any sports program at Binghamton. After notching 16 wins, including a 5-0 mark at its new home facility, BU finished its season with a trip to Athens, Ga. and an NCAA match against No. 2 Georgia.

No. 6 - Softball surges toward top of America East, hosts conference championship
The softball team won 30 games, it’s highest total since 1995, and was the host school for the America East Tournament. The squad also enjoyed its first season at the new Bearcats Sports Complex Softball Facility, which opened in September. On the field, five players earned first-team all-conference honors and freshman Lisa Cadogan was named the America East Rookie of the Year as well as Second-Team All-Mid Atlantic Region. 

RESULT
Men’s Tennis wins with 57 percent of the vote.

QUARTERFINAL #2
No. 2 Volleyball vs. No. 7 Keegan

No. 2 - Volleyball sweeps two-time defending champ on home court for third America East title
After being chose fifth in the America East preseason poll the Binghamton volleyball team finished as the regular-season runnersup earning the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament. En route to their eighth conference tournament appearance in the last nine years, head coach Glenn Kiriyama captured his third America East Coach of the Year award while sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann became the first Binghamotn player to garner a major conference accolade being named the Co-Setter of the Year. At the conference tournament, hosted by two-time defending champion Albany, the Bearcats outlasted UMBC in five sets before dispensing of Albany in straight sets. The Bearcats made their third trip to the NCAA Tournament where they faced familiar foe No. 1 Penn State.

No. 7 - Men’s soccer standout Jake Keegan caps brilliant career
Jake Keegan concluded his prolific men’s soccer career with 11 goals and 26 points during the 2012 campaign. He was named first-team all-conference and third-team All-Northeast Region. For his career, Keegan finished with 28 goals and 69 points, which represent the highest totals recorded by a Binghamton player during the program’s 12-year Division I era. In the spring, he became the first Bearcat player drafted by an MLS team, with the Philadelphia Union choosing him No. 43 overall.

RESULT
Volleyball wins with 81 percent of the vote.

QUARTERFINAL #1
No. 1 Baseball vs. No. 8 Hunsberger

No. 1 Baseball christens new home facility with championship season
After playing 80 straight games on the road spanning three seasons, the baseball team opened its new home stadium before capping its championship season back on the road at the NCAA Regional in Raleigh, N.C. The Bearcats were America East regular-season runnersup and then capped a wacky, rain-soaked six-day conference tournament by beating top-seeded Maine twice en route to the program’s second conference title in five years. After registering the program’s third 30-win season since 2007, BU compiled 18 hits and battled two nationally-ranked opponents to the wire in the NCAAs.

No. 8 Women’s lacrosse player Katherine Hunsberger has historic season
Senior women’s lacrosse player Katherine Hunsberger capped a remarkable career by setting a new standard for the Binghamton program. Hunsberger became the first Binghamton player to be named to the America East All-Conference First Team, earn a spot in the Under Armour/IWLCA North-South All-Star Game and garner back-to-back slots on the America East All-Academic Team. The four-year starter is the program’s all-time leader in draw controls and also holds the single-season and single-game records in the same category. She finished the season ranked among the top 10 in the nation with 5.43 draw controls per game.

RESULT
Baseball wins with 63 percent of the vote.

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