Immediate Release: April 29, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton men's tennis (13-10) drew 11th-seeded University of Tulsa in the first round of the 64-team NCAA tournament, the school learned Tuesday. The Bearcats will face the Golden Hurricane (21-4), the Conference USA champions, at 5 p.m. ET on May 10 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the Tulsa campus. Denver faces Oklahoma State in the other first-round match.
The NCAA format is a single-elimination tournament at 16 first- and second-round sites, with four teams at each site. Regional winners will advance to the nationals, held May 16-26 in Tulsa. Thirty-one conferences received automatic bids to the tournament, with the other 33 teams earning at-large berths.
"We're excited to play Tulsa," head coach Adam Cohen said. "They are the No. 11 seed, and that will motivate us to show that we can compete with anyone. Our priorities will remain the same. We want to out-compete our opponent, no matter who and where we play."
The Bearcats are coming off a riveting 4-3 victory over UMBC in the America East Championship match on Sunday. In that match, BU was four points away from losing before freshman No. 5 singles player Arnav Jain (Mumbai, India) rallied from 5-3 down in the third set to win his decisive match. Jain, who is a team-best 18-3 overall, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Senior number one singles and doubles player Faisal Mohamed (Lynbrook, N.Y.) returns to the NCAAs, where he played as a freshman. In 2005, Mohamed was on BU's team that won a school-record 21 matches before falling to 10th-ranked LSU in the NCAA first round. Seniors Alex Dobrin (Flushing, N.Y.) and Jon Bonnet (Oceanside, N.Y.) will also cap their careers with bookend NCAA bids.
Demonstrating the team's difficult schedule in 2007-08, four Bearcats' opponents also earned NCAA bids: Harvard, Penn State, Western Michigan and FDU.
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