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For Immediate Release: April 22, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's tennis earns No. 1 seed for America East Championship
Bearcats receive first-round bye, will play winner of Boston-Hartford match

America East Release
Binghamton Men's Tennis Statistics

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton University men's tennis (11-10) received the No. 1 seed for the upcoming America East Championship this weekend at the Yale Tennis Center in New Haven, Conn.

The Bearcats will face the winner of the first-round match between No. 4 Boston University and No. 5 Hartford in a semifinal at 11 a.m. Saturday. Second-seeded and defending champion UMBC will face No. 3 seed Stony Brook in the other semifinal. The two winners will square off for the championship at 11 a.m. Sunday.

"I'm pleased for our guys," head coach Adam Cohen said of the top seed. "We were rewarded for playing a good schedule and beating some good teams along the way. At the same time, being No. 1 doesn't guarantee anything. We still have to go and play good tennis and beat a couple of good teams to win the title."

That schedule included matches against nationally-ranked Penn State, Harvard and Brown, plus impressive wins against Cornell, Army, Georgetown and George Washington - all elite teams in the Northeast.

Binghamton is led by senior Faisal Mohamed (Lynbrook, N.Y.), who plays No. 1 singles and doubles. Mohamed has won 146 career matches (76 singles) and was ranked 20th in the Northeast Region in the fall. He is 16-12 in both singles and doubles this year.

Freshman Sven Vloedgraven (Lochem, Netherlands) will play No. 2 singles and doubles. Vloedgraven is 16-8 in singles this season, including a 14-5 mark in duals. He owns key singles wins against Ivy opponents Brown and Cornell, and was named the America East Rookie of the Week last week.

Another key contributor for the Bearcats has been fellow freshman Arnav Jain (Mumbai, India), who will play fifth singles and third doubles. Jain, who joined the team in January, has posted a team-best 17-3 record, 15-2 in duals.

America East Men’s Tennis Championship
April 25-27, Yale Tennis Center -- New Haven, Conn.

Friday, April 25
Match 1 - Opening Round - #4 Boston University vs. #5 Hartford, 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 26
Match 2 -- Winner of Match 1 vs. #1 Binghamton, 11 a.m.
Match 3 -- #2 UMBC vs. #3 Stony Brook, 11 a.m.
Match 4 -- Loser of Match 2 vs. Loser Match 3, 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 27
Match 5 -- Winner of Match 2 vs. Winner of Match 3 (Championship), 11 a.m.*

BU IN AMERICA EAST CHAMPIONSHIP

 Year Seed Finish
2002 No. 3 3rd (lost to Stony Brook 4-3 in semis)
2003 No. 1 Champions (defeated Stony Brook 4-3)
2004 No. 3 Champions (defeated Stony Brook 4-3)
2005 No. 1 Champions (defeated Stony Brook 4-3)
2006 No. 2 Runnersup (lost to Stony Brook 4-3)
2007 No. 4 3rd (lost to UMBC 4-2 in semis)

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