Immediate Release: April 23, 2009
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.
East Mens Tennis Championship
*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.
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