Release: January 16, 2007
The lineup, which completed a solid fall campaign, received a boost when Cohen brought in Arnav Jain (Mumbai, India) and Gregoire Berner (Troinex, Switzerland). Both players will play key roles for a team that is already loaded with individual talent from overseas.
Jain won the Under 18 national championship in India as a 16-year-old, and has represented his country in tournaments throughout Asia. He has played extensively on the ITF junior circuit, where he was ranked as high as 229 (in the world).
Berner was ranked No. 5 in Switzerland in juniors, and won the Swiss West Championship in 2001. He has been ranked as high as 111 in the country.
"I am thrilled to get both Arnav and Gregoire here for the spring semester," Cohen said. "It was my primary objective to have one of the top recruiting classes in the Northeast and with the final addition of these two, I believe we've accomplished that goal. In total we have seven new faces for the 2007-08 season and all of them will be instrumental in shaping our program as we move forward."
Mohamed and Dietz anchor lineup at top
Mohamed went 8-3 in the fall season, advancing to the round of 16 at the ITA Northeast Regional. Dietz went 9-6 in the fall and was a finalist at the season-opening Virginia Invitational and also reached the semifinals at the Virginia State Open.
"Mohamed and Dietz will be 'tough outs' for any team we play this spring," Cohen said. "Both of them are going to get shots against numerous top-10 ranked players in our region and I fully expect them to be up to that challenge."
Returning to the lineup after an injury is senior Alex Dobrin (Flushing, N.Y.), who has 58 career singles wins and joined Mohamed to form BU's top doubles tandem a year ago. Dobrin missed the entire fall season but is back in form.
Sophomore Moshe Levy (Ra'ananna, Israel), who won 15 matches at third and fourth singles a year ago, is back to strengthen the bottom of the lineup - a key component in the team's fortunes.
"Being involved in Division I tennis for more than a decade, I know that matches are won at the bottom of the lineup and having solid doubles play," Cohen said. "It will our goal to improve in those areas, and I firmly believe we have the depth and talent to do that."
schedule should pay dividends
"Even though we finished below .500 last season, it will always be a primary concern of mine to play the best schedule I can put together for our guys," Cohen said.
to NCAA Championship a goal
"We have three seniors on this team that haven't been to the NCAA tournament since they were freshmen. I would like to see them get back there one more time before their collegiate careers are finished."
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