Immediate Release: January 28, 2011
men's tennis drops season opener to East Tennessee State 6-1
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The 50th-ranked Binghamton men's tennis team won the doubles point but the wheels fell off in singles and the Bearcats duffered a 6-1 loss to No. 51 East Tennessee State in the first round of the ITA Kickoff Classic Virginia Regional Friday afternoon from Boyd Tinsley Courts at University of Virginia's Boar's Head Sports Club. The Bearcats will now face No. 65 Cornell in Saturday's consolation match, scheduled for 2 p.m.
Binghamton used wins at first and second doubles to capture the doubles point but quickly dropped the first set in all six singles matches.
Senior Sven Vloedgraven, ranked 55th in the nation, lost his match at first singles to unranked Sander Gille, 6-4, 6-2.
Vloedgraven and junior Gilbert Wong earned an 8-6 win at the top doubles spot to clinch the point. Earlier, senior Arnav Jain and junior Alexandre Haggai posted an 8-5 win at second doubles over ETSU's top two singles players.
In singles, Jain saw his 26-match win streak (duals) end in a straight-set defeat at third singles. He led 5-4 in the first set before succumbing 7-5, 6-3. Jain went undefeated in duals last year (24-0) and hadn't lost since April 17, 2009.
Haggai rallied to win the second set in his match at No. 2 singles against 73rd-ranked Jesus Bandres. But Bandres won the match, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Wong also forced a third set after a second-set tiebreak win but lost 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2.
The Bearcats were run over at the bottom of the lineup, winning just seven combined games in the two matches at fifth and sixth singles.
The four-team tournament is used for qualification for the 2011 ITA National Team Indoor Championships, held next month in Seattle. The top 60 teams in the country are competing at 15 regional sites. .
51 East Tennessee State 6, No. 50 Binghamton 1
Order of finish: 2,1,3
Order of finish: 5,6,1,3,2,4
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