Immediate Release: May 26, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. -- Binghamton junior men's tennis player Sven Vloedgraven was eliminated from the NCAA Singles Championship with a 6-3, 6-3 opening-round loss to 16th-ranked Tim Puetz of Auburn Wednesday at University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Vloedgraven, the first America East men's tennis player to earn a berth to the national tournament, battled food poisoning on the trip, which limited his practice time and made the challenge all the greater against Auburn's top player, who is also in the NCAA doubles draw.
The defeat ends Vloedgraven's stellar junior season, which featured the program's inaugural individual NCAA berth, his first national ranking (as high as No. 117), an ITA Northeast Regional title and a 38-9 overall singles record. The 38 wins are a new school record and Vloedgraven also tied the program standard for dual wins in a season with his 23-3 record.
Vloedgraven led the Bearcats to one of the finest seasons in school history, featuring a 25-2 record, top-50 national ranking and a repeat America East title and NCAA appearance.
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