Immediate Release: September 14, 2010
men's tennis lands two players in ITA Preseason National Rankings
VESTAL, N.Y. -- For the first time in program history, the Binghamton men's tennis team has two nationally-ranked players. Seniors Sven Vloedgraven (#84) and Arnav Jain (#116) both appear in the ITA Preseason National Rankings.
Vloedgraven finished up his junior season ranked No. 115 and he will begin his senior campaign 31 spots higher. His position at No. 84 is the highest of any BU player in school history. Last year, Vloedgraven went 38-8, won the ITA Northeast Regional, was the top-ranked player in the region and earned a berth to the NCAA Championship. He was the America East Player of the Year and also was the conference's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in all sports.
Because of his outstanding 2009-10 season, Vloedgraven has been invited to the ITA Men's All-American Championship, October 2-10 at the University of Tulsa. The elite event begins with six rounds of prequalifying and qualifying matches though Vloedgraven has already been placed in the main draw.
Jain went a team-best 35-3 overall last year, and capped his remarkable season with an historic win at fifth singles in BU's 4-1 NCAA loss to Georgia Tech. He rolled to a 7-6, 6-0 victory to cap an undefeated dual meet season. Jain, the team co-MVP with Vloedgraven, finished with a perfect 24-0 dual record and a team-best 35-3 overall mark. He joined former Division III standout Greg Munoz (17-0 in 1988-89) as the only players in the program's 64-year history to produce an undefeated dual season.
It's a great achievement for our program to have two guys in the national rankings," head coach Adam Cohen said. "Both of these guys played exceptionally well last season and its nice to seem them get rewarded for their hard work."
The first ITA team ranking will be released on January 4. The Bearcats, 25-2 last year, were ranked as high as No. 43 in the country before receiving a year-end position of No. 49. Binghamton returns five of its six starting singles players from that record-breaking 2009-10 team.
The Bearcats continue their abbreviated fall tournament campaign at the Princeton Invitational this weekend.
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