Immediate Release: May 4, 2010
Binghamton, which bumped up a spot to No. 47 in this week's ITA national rankings, won its third straight America East Championship over the weekend at Yale. Fourth-year head coach Adam Cohen's squad has put together one of the most dominating seasons of any sport in school history. The Bearcats have set program records for wins in a season (25), consecutive wins (20), win percentage (.962), highest national ranking (No. 43 on April 13) and highest regional ranking (No. 3 in Northeast). The team's lone loss was a narrow 4-3 setback to No. 45 Columbia in a match that two Bearcats had to retire with injuries before completion.
"Georgia Tech is going to be a tough match for us," head coach Adam Cohen said. "They finished in the top third of the ACC and are good all the way down the line. Sven (Vloedgraven) will have his toughest match of the season against their top player who is ranked No. 4 in the country (Guillermo Gomez). We certainly will have to play our best to take them out."
Newly inserted into the national rankings, junior No. 123 Sven Vloedgraven is BU's top singles player. With his jump into the ITA national rankings this week, Vloedgraven is all but assured of receiving an NCAA singles bid when those selections are announced late Tuesday or Wednesday. Vloedgraven, a frontrunner for repeat America East Player of the Year honors, is 38-8 overall, 23-3 in duals.
Junior Gilbert Wong, Vloedgraven's doubles partner and the team's No. 4 player, is 34-7 overall, 22-1 in duals. Senior captain and No. 2 Moshe Levy, fresh of Most Outstanding Performer honors at the America East Championship, is 16-3 in duals. He has helped BU reach the NCAA Championship in each of his final three collegiate seasons. Unsung contributor Arnav Jain owns the team's best record with a 34-3 mark, including a perfect 23-0 mark primarily at No. 5 singles.
Three other BU opponents from this season earned NCAA bids - Mid-American champion Western Michigan, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Marist and Ivy League champion Columbia. The Bearcats were 2-1 in those matches.
Georgia Tech features three nationally-ranked singles players and a nationally-ranked doubles team. The Yellowjackets advanced to the ACC semifinals before bowing to Virginia, the top team in the nation. The program has advanced to the NCAA tournament 11 times in the last 14 years.
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 21-25 at University of Georgia. Thirty-one conferences received automatic bids to the tournament, with the other 33 teams earning at-large berths.
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