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For Immediate Release: July 20, 2011
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU tennis star Vloedgraven repeats as top America East Scholar-Athlete
Binghamton produces overall male honoree for fourth time in last five years

America East Release

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Recently graduated Binghamton men's tennis standout Sven Vloedgraven has been selected as the America East male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year, the conference announced today. Vloedgraven, who was the men's tennis honoree for the third straight year, was then chosen among all the student-athletes who were tabbed Scholar-Athletes in their respective sports. It's the fourth time in the last five years that Binghamton has produced the premier male student-athlete in the America East.

Vloedgraven concluded his remarkable four-year career with another exceptional year both on and off the tennis courts. He advanced to the NCAA Singles Championship for the second straight year, was the top-ranked player in the Northeast and ranked as high as No. 55 in the nation. He captured America East Player of the Year honors for the third-straight season after leading the Bearcats to their fourth consecutive team title. In the fall, he won his second straight ITA Northeast singles title and was selected as the region's Senior Player of the Year. Vloedgraven graduated as the school record-holder for wins in a season (38) and career (113).

Off the court, he maintained a 3.85 grade-point average in accounting, was a CoSIDA Academic All-American and ITA Scholar-Athlete and was singled out for exceptional sportsmanship by several opposing coaches.

"Our department is extremely proud of Sven for winning this prestigious award for the second straight year," athletics director Jim Norris said. "Without a doubt, he is deserving of this tremendous recognition. He has clearly made an impact and represented our men's tennis team, our department, our campus, and our entire community in stellar fashion both on and off the court throughout his time at Binghamton."

Vloedgraven joins former track and field national champion and three-time All-American Rory Quiller as a two-time recipient. Quiller was the America East Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2007 and 2008.

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