Immediate Release: May 1, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Second-year Binghamton men's tennis coach Adam Cohen was selected by his peers as America East Coach of the Year and six of his players earned all-conference honors, the league announced Thursday.
The Bearcats (13-10), coming off a dramatic 4-3 win over UMBC in the America East championship match, are preparing to meet 11th-ranked Tulsa in the first round of the NCAA Championship on May 10 in Oklahoma.
Cohen guided his young team to 13 wins in a very competitive schedule, and his doubles pairings for the late-season stretch proved crucial in BU's conference title run. Cohen had four newcomers in the starting lineup, including two freshmen, and his roster included student-athletes from eight different countries.
Three Bearcats who played pivotal roles in the conference crown were named first team all-conference in both singles and doubles. Freshman Sven Vloedgraven (Lochem, Netherlands), junior Sebastian Dietz (Leun, Germany) and freshman Arnav Jain (Mumbai, India) earned dual honors.
Vloedgraven won his match at No. 2 singles against UMBC, and is 17-8 on the season, 15-5 in duals. Dietz also posted a key win at No. 4 singles against the Retrievers, and has 17 singles wins this year. Jain was the last man standing for either team, as his triumph at No. 6 singles clinched the championship for the Bearcats. He was named Most Outstanding Player at the tournament and earned first team all-conference honors at No. 5 singles. Jain is an impressive 18-3 overall, 16-2 in duals.
Senior Faisal Mohamed (Lynbrook, N.Y.) and junior Gregoire Berner (Troinex, Switzerland) were voted the top doubles team in the conference. Mohamed won 18 doubles matches and Berner went 5-1 down the stretch at the top spot. The pair won both their matches at the America East Championship.
Vloedgraven and Dietz were selected all-conference for second doubles, and Jain and sophomore Moshe Levy (Ra'ananna, Israel) were the top tandem at third doubles. Levy posted 10 doubles wins in 2007-08.
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