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For Immediate Release: April 23, 2009
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's tennis will defend America East title as No. 2 seed this weekend
Bearcats in search of fifth conference title in last seven years

America East Preview

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton men's tennis (12-7) will open defense of its America East title this Saturday in New Haven as the conference championship takes place at the Yale Tennis Center. The Bearcats are the No. 2 seed and will face No. 3 UMBC in a semifinal match Saturday morning. Top-seeded Stony Brook will await the winner of the Boston-Hartford first-round match. The semifinal winners will square off in Sunday's 11 a.m. title match with an NCAA Championship berth awarded to the winner.

Binghamton won the 2008 title in dramatic fashion, rallying to defeat UMBC 4-3. In that match, then-freshman No. 5 singles player Arnav Jain was the hero, battling back from 5-3 down in the final set of the final match to give BU the winning margin.

This year, the road will be equally difficult, as a talented Stony Brook team grabbed the top seed with a 4-3 win over the Bearcats last Friday.

"We have been preparing for this upcoming weekend all spring semester," head coach Adam Cohen said. "I think playing a tough schedule this semester will help us this weekend. Our guys have battled tough competition from the end of January right up to our conference tournament. We look forward to another challenging weekend."

Sophomore doubles partners Sven Vloedgraven and freshman Gilbert Wong have led Binghamton all year long. Vloedgraven is 24-9 in singles, including 15-4 in dual matches. He has played No. 1 and No. 2 singles and will likely occupy the top spot for the championship. Wong owns a 30-7 overall singles mark primarily at the third and fourth spots, and has a team-best 16-3 record in duals. The pair also is 10-7 at the top doubles spot.

The Bearcats toppled UMBC in the regular season, sweeping all six singles matches to post a 6-1 victory.

America East Men’s Tennis Championship
April 24-26, Yale Tennis Center-- New Haven, Conn.

Friday, April 25
Match 1 - Opening Round - #4 Boston University vs. #5 Hartford, 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 26
Match 2-- #2 Binghamton vs. #3 UMBC, 10 a.m.
Match 3 -- Winner of Match 1 vs. #1 Stony Brook, 10 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.*

*Championship match times are subject to change by the games committee if there is a team that has a dual coach.

**In the event of inclement weather, match times will be adjusted as needed.

 BU at the America East Championship
Year Seed Finish
2002 No. 3 3rd place
2003 No. 1 Champions
2004 No. 3 Champions
2005 No. 1 Champions
2006 No. 2 Runnerup
2007 No. 4 3rd place
2008 No. 1 Champions

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