For Immediate Release: August 17, 2010
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BU men's tennis earns national academic distinction from ITA
Bearcats land seven student-athletes on Scholar-Athlete list, earn team award

ITA Academic Awards

VESTAL, N.Y. -- After orchestrating a record-breasking season on the tennis courts, Binghamton men's tennis continued to receive national accolades - this time in the academic arena. The Bearcats earned distinction as one of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Teams and had a school-record seven individuals earn ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.

To receive team recognition, teams had to hold down a 3.2 or higher grade-point average. Binghamton had that and far more, attaining a department- and America East-best 3.69 GPA for the 2009-10 year, including a remarkable 3.74 during their championship spring season. In addition, seven BU student-athletes earned individual honors by producing a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA. Only three Division I teams in the country had more individuals recognized (Stanford, Yale and Cornell had 8 apiece).

The seven award-winning Bearcats are sophomore Alper Alimoglu, senior Moshe Levy, junior Sven Vloedgraven, freshman Ruben Devos, sophomore Rafael Rodrigues, junior Andreas Danielsson and sophomore Gilbert Wong.

The 2009-10 team produced the program's third straight NCAA bid and sixth in the last eight years. The Bearcats (25-2) put together one of the most dominating seasons of any sport in school history, setting program records for wins in a season (25), consecutive wins (20), win percentage (.926), highest national ranking (No. 43 on April 13) and highest regional ranking (No. 2 in Northeast). Binghamton became the first America East school to win a point in the NCAA Championship when BU lost to No. 24 Georgia Tech, 4-1, in the opening round. The Bearcats were ahead in the remaining two halted singles matches, meaning a likely 4-3 loss was a more accurate depiction of the balanced match.

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