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For Immediate Release: May 6, 2010
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's tennis standout Vloedgraven selected for NCAA singles draw
Junior will play in elite 64-man bracket beginning May 26 in Georgia

NCAA Singles Championship release

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton junior tennis standout Sven Vloedgraven has earned a berth into the NCAA Singles Championship, May 26-31 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia (hosted by Univ. Georgia). By virtue of his national ranking, Vloedgraven received one of the 16 automatic bids for the 64-man draw. The remaining 48 at-large selections round out the field. The singles championship is a single-elimination tournament.

Vloedgraven, the two-time America East Player of the Year and the top-ranked player in the entire Northeast, becomes the first BU player to receive a berth into the NCAA Division I national championship. He is 38-8 overall, 23-3 in duals. In the fall, Vloedgraven captured the ITA Northeast Regional title and advanced to the ITA National Indoor Championship - a draw of the top-32 players in the country. He needed to move into the top-125 in the ITA national poll in Tuesday's release to become eligible and did that, jumping up to No. 123 in the computerized rankings. He had been ranked No. 117 in early March before inexplicably falling out of the poll for two months despite going 9-0 in April.

No. 47 Binghamton faces 24th-ranked Georgia Tech in the NCAA first round on May 14 in Lexington. The Bearcats have put together one of the most dominating seasons of any sport in school history. Head coach Adam Cohen's team has 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.

The last time a Binghamton player earned an NCAA singles berth was when BU Hall of Famer Adam Marcus played at the NCAA Division III Championship in 1998 - the final spring of Division III competition before the university began its transition to Division I membership.

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