For Immediate Release: June 7, 2010
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BU men's tennis ends season ranked No. 49, qualifies for elite ITA event
Bearcats will join top 60 programs in ITA Kick-Off Event next January 29-30

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Fresh off the finest season in program history, Binghamton men's tennis earned a final national ranking of 49th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). With the high ranking, head coach Adam Cohen's squad earned an invitation to the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event on January 29-30, 2011.

The Bearcats will travel to Charlottesville, Va. for the Virginia regional - one of 15 four-team sites that will showcase the top-60 programs in the country. The Bearcats are the No. 2 seed at the regional and will face third-seeded East Tennessee State in their opening match. The top-seeded host Cavaliers will play fourth-seeded Cornell in the other opening-day match. The two winners and two losers will square off on day 2, with the regional champion advancing to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, hosted Feb. 18-21 by the University of Washington.

"We're thrilled to be in the ITA event," Cohen said. "We were invited to play because of our great year and we couldn't me more excited. East Tennessee State is a good team ... they 've been ranked in the top 30 the past few years and it will certainly be a tough match but we look forward to the challenge. If we get by them we could play one of the top teams in the country in Virginia. It will be a great way to start off our dual match season next January."

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. 3 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.

Junior No. 123 Sven Vloedgraven then represented the university at the NCAA Singles Championship, becoming the first BU player to reach the elite 64-man draw.

"It was a remarkable accomplishment to finish in the top 50 teams this year," Cohen said. "We've come a long way in four years - from not being ranked in the region our first year and finishing third in the America East to now being No. 49 in the country three years later. That says a lot about the guys that are here and the progress they've made. We are extremely pleased with our season and will look to do even better next year."

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