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Men’s Tennis Joins Mid-American Conference
Bearcats will compete for NCAA berth in 2015
April 21, 2014Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton men’s tennis has found a new home. The nine-time America East champions were accepted into the Mid-American Conference as an affiliate member beginning next fall, the conference announced on Monday. Binghamton will join full MAC members Buffalo, Ball State, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan to give the conference six tennis-playing members, which meets the requirement for the MAC champion to retain its annual NCAA automatic berth.
“We are excited to have our men’s tennis program invited to join the Mid-American Conference as an affiliate member,” Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott said. “The MAC has a longstanding tradition of excellence throughout its sport offerings and the caliber of men’s tennis in particular is strong. Under Coach Cohen’s leadership, we believe our Binghamton program will be a great fit both academically and athletically, while representing the MAC with integrity and sportsmanship. We’re eager to begin competition in the 2014-15 year. I want to thank MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher and the member institutions for this opportunity.”
The member schools will play a dual match schedule in 2014-15 with the top four teams advancing to the MAC Championship, held in late April. The 2014 MAC Championship is being hosted by Ball State on April 25-26, 2014 in Muncie, Ind. Western Michigan has won seven of the last eight MAC titles. The Bearcats are 2-2 all-time against the Broncos and posted a 4-3 win in their last meeting in 2012. The teams’ scheduled match this spring was cancelled due to weather.
With the new affiliation, BU joins familiar SUNY rival Buffalo, which has been a MAC member since 1998.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the MAC for next season,” eighth-year head coach Adam Cohen said. “I know many of the coaches personally and each of them runs a quality program. I look forward to our encounters next season and into the future.”
The America East announced plans to discontinue its sponsorship of men’s tennis after the upcoming championship where the Bearcats will be defending their America East title on April 26-27. Binghamton has advanced to the NCAA Championship nine times in the last 11 years, including six straight years – the third-longest active streak in the America East (any sport) and the longest string of NCAA bids of any BU team in school history.