Immediate Release: April 28, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Having already produced an historic season, No. 48 Binghamton men's tennis (23-1) earned the top seed for the upcoming America East Championship, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon. The two-time defending champion Bearcats are riding a record 18-match win streak and will be the heavy favorites when the five-team tournament begins Friday at Yale.
Binghamton will play the winner of Friday's first-round matchup between No. 4 Boston University and No. 5 Hartford in a 10 a.m. Saturday semifinal match. Second-seeded Stony Brook meets third-seeded UMBC in the other semifinal with the two winners advancing to Sunday's 11 a.m. title match. The America East champion receives the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship.
The Bearcats defeated Stony Brook 4-1 in last year's championship match and gave up only one point in dual wins over the Seawolves (7-0), UMBC (6-1) and Boston (7-0) this month.
Binghamton, which sports 10 players from 10 different countries, has earned the highest-ever national ranking (No. 43) of any America East men's program and its win percentage (.958) is a school record. Fourth-year head coach Adam Cohen is a leading candidate for regional coaching honors after his team leapfrogged over several traditional Ivy League powers to become one of the top programs in the Northeast.
The team features the top singles player in the Northeast, junior No 1 Sven Vloedgraven, who is 36-8 overall, 21-3 in duals. Vloedgraven and his doubles partner, junior Gilbert Wong, are 19-4 in duals and ranked No. 6 in the Northeast. Wong is 33-7 in singles with a sparkling 21-1 record in duals. Wong was the Most Outstanding Player at last year's conference championship. He will play at the No. 3 spot, behind the team's lone senior, No. 2 Moshe Levy. Levy, a two-year captain and reigning America East Player of the Week, is 22-7 overall, 16-3 in duals.
Junior No. 5 Arnav Jain boasts the best record on the team at 33-3 overall, 22-0 in duals. Jain was the hero at the 2008 America East Championship when he rallied from 5-3 down in the third set to beat UMBC and give the Bearcats a 4-3 victory in the title match.
The Bearcats have won five of the last seven America East championships (2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009) and were runnersup in one other (2006).
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