Immediate Release: February 20, 2011
men's tennis beats Princeton 4-3 to reach ECAC championship
BOSTON -- The third-seeded and No. 67 Binghamton men's tennis team earned the doubles point and went on to defeat second-seeded and 74th-ranked Princeton 4-3 in the semifinals of the ECAC Indoor Championship, hosted by Harvard Sunday at the Murr Tennis Center.
The win, BU's second straight after four defeats to open the season, sends the Bearcats (2-4) into Monday's 2 p.m. championship match against top-seeded Cornell, a 5-2 winner over fourth-seeded Harvard in the day's other semifinal. Binghamton will be looking for some revenge after the Big Red posted a 6-1 win over BU three weeks ago.
Showing a totally revamped lineup, BU captured the doubles point with wins at the second and third spots before the two teams split the six singles matches.
Head coach Adam Cohen split the regionally-ranked duo of senior Sven Vloedgraven and junior Gilbert Wong to try to kick-start the team's doubles pairs, especially at the third spot, where BU was 0-5 this season. Each player responded by winning with different partners. Wong paired with sophomore Ruben Devos for an 8-5 win at No. 2 and Vloedgraven teamed with sophomore Bastian Bornkessel for an 8-4 win at the third spot.
In singles, Vloedgraven continued his strong play with a three-set win over Matija Pecotic in a rematch of the fall ITA regional championship that Vloedgraven also won in three sets. After dropping the opening set 6-2, Vloedgraven surrendered just four games the rest of the way, winning 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 in a battle of the top two players in the Northeast.
Senior Arnav Jain posted an impressive 6-2, 6-3 win over Matt Spindler at second singles, raising his team-best dual record to 5-1. Junior Alexandre Haggai scored the other win - a straight-set 6-4, 7-6 triumph over Augie Bloom.
The ECAC event features the top 10 teams in the Northeast competing in a team dual format.
67 Binghamton 4, No. 74 Princeton 3
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