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Hazarika earns spot in national tennis rankings
Sophomore is No. 122 in ITA Preseason Rankings, first BU underclassmen to be ranked
September 10, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. - Sophomore men’s tennis standout Sid Hazarika has cracked the national rankings for the first time. Hazarika, starting just his second semester of tennis at Binghamton, moved into the ITA Preseason Rankings at No. 122. It’s the first time that a BU underclassmen has been nationally-ranked.
“It’s nice to see Sid rewarded for a good spring semester,” head coach Adam Cohen said. “I’m looking forward to having him improve upon that success and raise his standing in the region and the national rankings. For a sophomore to be ranked - especially after just one semester - is quite an accomplishment. It’s also good recognition for our program. Hopefully this will continue to motivate Sid to keep raising the level of his game.”
Hazarika went 21-4 last spring and was named the ITA Northeast Region Rookie of the Year. He also was selected as the America East Player and Rookie of the Year after leading the Bearcats to their sixth consecutive conference crown.
The last time a Bearcat was ranked in the fall ITA Preseason Poll was in 2010, when Sven Vloedgraven (No. 84) and Arnav Jain (No. 116) were selected in their senior seasons. Vloedgraven initially moved into the national rankings in the spring of his junior season so Hazarika’s inclusion as a sophomore is noteworthy.
In addition to the national rankings, the ITA announced its selections for the 2013 All-American Championship, hosted by Tulsa. The tournament kicks off with prequalifying matches starting on Sept. 28, while the main draw is set to begin on Oct. 3. Hazarika was placed in the qualifying singles draw, where he would have to win three matches to advance to the main draw. He will also pair with junior Ismael Dinia in the qualifying doubles bracket.
Hazarika, Dinia, junior Robin Lesage and freshman Thomas Caputo will represent BU at this weekend’s Princeton Invitational.