For Immediate Release: November 4, 2009
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BU men's tennis standout Vloedgraven set for ITA Championship
Junior opens singles play Thursday afternoon at Yale

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VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton men's tennis junior Sven Vloedgraven is set to play on the biggest stage that any BU tennis player has ever competed on when the ITA National Indoor Championship begins Thursday at Yale. Vloedgraven qualified by capturing the ITA Northeast Regional title two weeks ago at Dartmouth and will be in the 32-man singles draw. His first match will likely begin late Thursday afternoon at Yale's Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.

The singles draw is comprised of the 12 regional winners across the country, four All-American semifinalists, the Super Bowl Champion (winner of the NCAA III, NCAA II, NAIA, and JUCO playoff), two host wild cards, 12 at-large bids, and one ITA wildcard. Six of the nation's top-10 players and 10 of the top-20 are in the field, according to the ITA Preseason Rankings from September 4.

"I am excited to watch Sven compete against some of the top players in the country," head coach Adam Cohen said. "I think his straight set victory over #73 nationally-ranked, Wael Kilani of South Florida, at the Virginia Fall Classic proved to him that he had the ability to beat guys at that level. Confidence is a great asset and I believe Sven will play this weekend knowing he can play with any of these top competitors."

Seeded fourth in the 128-man regional draw at Dartmouth, Vloedgraven won six matches to become the first BU player to win the prestigious ITA event. He posted a 7-6, 6-3 victory over Andy Gauthier of Cornell in the semifinals and one hour later, returned to the court and battled past Marc Powers of Yale in the championship match, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.

Vloedgraven, the reigning America East Player of the Year and America East Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, is 13-3 this fall. Two of those losses came at the hands of nationally-ranked opponents. He has won 10 straight matches and 11 of his last 12. He placed fourth at the University of Virginia Classic earlier in the fall and is virtually assured of a national ranking when the ITA releases its midseason rankings in January.

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