Immediate Release: February 25, 2011
men's tennis comes up short at No. 45 Columbia 4-3
NEW YORK -- Visiting Binghamton men's tennis rolled to straight-set wins at the top three singles spots but No. 45 Columbia (4-4) took the lower three and had the doubles point for the margin in a 4-3 win over the 68th-ranked Bearcats (2-6) Friday afternoon after Dick Savitt Center.
The pattern was nearly identical to BU's 4-3 loss to Cornell in the ECAC championship match, with the Bearcats looking strong at the top singles spots but still trying to find the winning edge at the 4-6 positions.
The doubles point came down to the match at the second spot, where senior Arnav Jain and junior Alexandre Haggai were tied 6-6 with their Lions' opponents. But Columbia held serve and then broke the BU tandem to win 8-6 and give the hosts the key doubles point.
In singles, senior No. 1 Sven Vloedgraven stretched his win streak to six with a 6-4, 6-1 victory. Vloedgraven, ranked No. 81, improved to 17-7 overall, 6-2 in duals. Jain make quick work of his opponent in a 6-2, 6-2 win at second singles. Jain is a team-best 7-1 in duals. Haggai scored the other win - a 6-0, 7-5 triumph at third singles.
Ahead 3-2, BU suffered a pair of three-set losses at fifth and sixth singles for the final margin.
"We're trying to find guys who can win at the bottom of our lineup right now," head coach Adam Cohen said.
The Bearcats continue their NYC road trip with a match at St. John's on Saturday.
45 Columbia 4, No. 68 Binghamton 3
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