Immediate Release: February 21, 2011
men's tennis edged by Cornell 4-3 in ECAC championship match
BOSTON -- In a tight match that lasted nearly 4 1/2 hours, top-seeded Cornell captured the doubles point and used three wins at the bottom of the singles lineup to edge No. 67 Binghamton 4-3 in the title match of the ECAC Indoor Championship, held Monday at Harvard's Murr Tennis Center. Playing in the ECAC event for the first time, the third-seeded Bearcats advanced to the championship match with 4-3 wins over No. 6 Yale and No. 2 Princeton but were ultimately beaten by the Big Red for the second time this spring.
After losing all three doubles matches to fall behind 1-0, BU showed the power at the top of its lineup with straight-set wins at first, second and third singles. Cornell countered with comfortable wins at the fifth and sixth spots, leaving the match to hinge on the battle at fourth singles, where the Big Red prevailed in a third-set tiebreak.
Senior No. 1 Sven Vloedgraven rolled to a 6-1, 7-5 triumph over Jon Jaklitsch for his fifth straight singles win. Vloedgraven, ranked No. 81, improved to 16-7 overall, 5-2 in duals. Senior Arnav Jain rolled to a 7-5, 6-3 win over 92nd-ranked Andy Gauthier at second singles - his second win over the ranked Gauthier this year. Jain improved to 6-1 in duals. Junior Alexandre Haggai scored the other win - a commanding 6-2, 6-1 win over Jeremy Feldman at the third spot.
"It was a tough match," head coach Adam Cohen said. "Cornell has a good team. We saw some encouraging things from some of the guys this weekend though. Now we have a short turnaround to get ready to face Columbia and St. John's so hopefully we will keep improving."
The ECAC event featured the top 10 teams in the Northeast competing in a team dual format.
The Bearcats face Columbia and St. John's next Friday and Saturday in NYC.
73 Cornell 4, No. 67 Binghamton 3
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