Immediate Release: October 9, 2010
men's tennis standout Vloedgraven wins twice at All-America event
TULSA, Okla. -- Binghamton men's tennis senior Sven Vloedgraven held his own at the ITA Men's All-American Championship, hosted by the University of Tulsa. The elite event began with six rounds of prequalifying and qualifying matches to finalize a 64-man singles draw, and Vloedgraven went 2-2 in the main draw. He was one of the final 16 players still alive on Saturday after knocking out two opponents in the consolation bracket.
After an opening-round 6-2, 6-3 loss to No. 51 Nick Meister of UCLA, No. 84 Vloedgraven won back-to-back matches in the consolation draw. He defeated No. 66 Brenann Boyajian of North Carolina (4-2, def.) Thursday afternoon and then toppled unranked Clifford Marsland of Tulsa, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 in Friday's second round. Marsland was coming off a win over the 22nd-ranked player in the country (Jeff Dadamo, Texas A&M).
In Saturday's consolation quarterfinals, Vloedgraven lost to 14th-ranked Javier Garrapiz of Georgia, 7-5, 6-1. He led 5-3 in the first set before Garripiz, an All-American for the NCAA semifinalist Bulldogs, rattled off four straight games to take the set.
Sven had a decent tournament," head coach Adam Cohen said. "He got to play four good opponents and it will help him prepare for the ITA Regional tournament. I'm hoping he takes what he learned this weekend and puts it to use next weekend."
Vloedgraven will defend his ITA Northeast Regional singles title when the 128-man singles event begins October 14 at Yale.
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