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Haggai selected as America East Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete

Junior standout honored as BU produces conference winner for fifth straight year

June 27, 2013


Haggai selected as America East Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete

America East Release

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton men’s tennis player Ruben Haggai has been selected by the America East as its Scholar-Athlete for the sport of men’s tennis, the conference announced on Thursday. Haggai joins fellow Bearcat Jessica Bump (softball) in earning the spring sport honor. In all, BU produced three Scholar-Athletes during the 2012-13 year (Grace Vickers, volleyball).

Haggai becomes the fifth straight Bearcat men’s tennis player to receive the top honor from the America East, following three-time recipient Sven Vloedgraven (2009-11) and older brother Alexandre Haggai last season. The Most Outstanding Player at the America East Championship one month ago, Ruben Haggai went 22-9 in singles and helped lead the Bearcats to their sixth consecutive conference title. He finished the year on a 14-match win streak.

Haggai owns a 3.75 GPA in the School of Management and is a two-time member of the America East All-Academic Tennis Team. He is also an America East Commissioner’s List and Binghamton AD Honor Roll recipient.

“Ruben has worked really hard both on the court and in the classroom since arriving here a couple years ago….so I am glad to see his dedication being rewarded,” head coach Adam Cohen said.

A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the eight spring championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.30. Each honoree will automatically be eligible for the America East Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award to be announced in mid-July.

Since joining the America East Conference in 2001, Binghamton has produced 33 Scholar-Athlete selections.

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