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For Immediate Release: April 26, 2009
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's tennis downs Stony Brook 4-1 to repeat as America East champs
Bearcats capture fifth conference title in seven years, secure NCAA bid

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Second-seeded Binghamton men's tennis (14-7) won the doubles point and captured three of the first four completed singles matches to post a 4-1 win over top-seeded Stony Brook in the America East Championship Sunday afternoon from the Yale Tennis Center. The conference title is BU's second straight and fifth in the last seven years - with four of those victories coming at the expense of the Seawolves.

Freshman Gilbert Wong was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after clinching the team title with a straight-set win at third singles. The win capped a strong first collegiate season for Wong, who is 32-7 overall, 18-3 in duals. Earlier, Wong teamed with sophomore Sven Vloedgraven for an 8-3 win at first doubles. Vloedgraven also scored a convincing 6-2, 6-3 victory at first singles, lifting his season record to 26-9 overall, 17-4 in duals.

With junior captain Moshe Levy back in the lineup, BU reversed a 4-3 Stony Brook regular-season win from April 17 - a result that gave the No. 1 seed to the Seawolves and relegated the Bearcats to the No. 2 seed. Levy combined with sophomore Arnav Jain for a win at No. 2 doubles. Jain, the hero of last year's championship, posted a commanding 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles for BU's other point. Jain is 22-12 this season.

"This team is a deserving champion," head coach Adam Cohen said. "They worked extremely hard as a group during the year and to see them play and fight the way they did this weekend was very satisfying. We look forward to finding out who and where we play in the NCAAs on Tuesday."

The Bearcats will now await the NCAA Championship selection Tuesday night at approximately 5:20 p.m. ESPNews will broadcast the unveiling of the entire 64-team draw and the BU team will watch in the Events Center TAU Bearcat Room.

Binghamton 4, Stony Brook 1

Doubles
1. Wong/Vloedgraven (BU) def. Dil/Rummel (SBU), 8-3
2. Levy/Jain (BU) def. Epstein/Ian Shvartz (SBU), 8-3
3. Haggai/Rodrigues (BU) susp. Wong/Fassi-Fehri (SBU), 4-4

Order of Finish: 1,2

Singles
1. Sven Vloedgraven (BU) def. Halvar Dil (SBU), 6-2, 6-3
2. Moshe Levy (BU) susp. Ivan Rummel (SBU), 6-4, 3-6, 2-3
3. Gilbert Wong (BU) def. Jon Epstein (SBU), 6-3, 7-6
4. Arnav Jain (BU) def. Youssef Fassi-Fehri (SBU), 6-1, 6-1
5. Alexandre Haggai (BU) susp. Bertrand Marcos (SBU), 4-6, 6-0, 3-1
6. Mitch Wong (SBU) def. Rafael Rodrigues (BU), 6-4, 6-4

Order of Finish: 4,1,6,3

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