For Immediate Release: May 2, 2010
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No. 48 BU men's tennis defeats UMBC 4-0 to repeat as champions
Bearcats (25-1) win third straight America East title, will advance to NCAAs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- No. 48 Binghamton men's tennis (25-1) punctuated its finest tennis season in school history with a resounding 4-0 win over third-seeded UMBC Sunday at the Yale Tennis Center. The conference title was BU's third straight and sixth in the last eight years, and sends the Bearcats back to the NCAA tournament. The 64-team NCAA bracket will be announced Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m. on ESPNews.

In a rematch of the 2008 America East championship, also won by BU, the Bearcats captured the doubles point before winning the first three completed singles matches in workmanlike fashion.

"UMBC played very well," head coach Adam Cohen said. "We had to play our best to win today. We were lucky to win the doubles point. That proved pivotal. Had we lost that point, we might have still been out there trying to win because UMBC had won first sets in the other three singles matches. I'm very proud of our guys. They put in the hard work every day and they have been rewarded for it."

Junior Sven Vloedgraven rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win at first singles. The reigning conference player of the year is now 38-8 overall, 23-3 in duals. Earlier, Vloedgraven and junior Gilbert Wong posted an 8-4 win at the top doubles spot, where they are 21-4 overall.

Senior Moshe Levy, named the tournament's Most Outstanding Performer, paired with sophomore Alexandre Haggai for a 9-7 win at second doubles. That victory clinched the doubles point and gave the early momentum to the Bearcats.

Junior Arnav Jain won his singles match at the fifth position with a 6-2, 7-5 triumph. Jain is still unbeaten in duals (23-0) and is a team-best 34-3 overall.

Freshman Ruben Devos clinched the championship with a 6-2, 6-3 win at sixth singles, setting off a subdued celebration for the six-time conference champs.

No. 48 Binghamton 4, UMBC 0

1. Vloedgraven/Wong (BU) def. Voorman/Meyer (UMBC) 8-4
2. Levy/Haggai (BU) def. Duprat/Berret (UMBC) 9-7
3. Phiri/Adewumi (UMBC) def. Bornkessel/Devos (BU) 9-8 (5)

1. Sven Vloedgraven (BU) def. Meyer (UMBC) 6-0, 6-1
2. Voorman (UMBC) led Levy (BU) DNF 7-6, 2-3
3. Duprat (UMBC) led Wong (BU) DNF 6-2, 4-4
4. Berret (UMBC) led Haggai (BU) DNF 6-4, 4-4
5. Jain (BU) def. Adewumi (UMBC) 6-2, 7-5
6. Devos (BU) def. Phiri (UMBC) 6-2, 6-3

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