Immediate Release: May 1, 2011
men's tennis beats UMBC 4-1 to claim fourth straight America
WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- Top-seeded Binghamton men's tennis (12-13) made it four in a row with a 4-1 win over second-seeded UMBC in the America East championship match Sunday afternoon at Yale. The Bearcats captured their fourth straight conference crown and seventh in the last nine years and will now advance to the NCAA Championship.
"We were 2-12 in the middle of the season but got it going late and turned the season around," head coach Adam Cohen said. "UMBC played tough today. It was crucial to get the doubles point and then a quick win from Sven made it 2-0. Our guys kept fighting until we got that fourth point. I'm pleased to win our fourth straight title... it says a lot about this senior class to win four in a row. That's something great."
In singles, senior Sven Vloedgraven, the championship's Most Outstanding Player, dropped just one game in his straight-set singles triumph. Devos finished strong to close out his foe at sixth singles, winning 6-3, 6-3. That gave BU a 3-1 lead with three matches remaining.
Junior Gilbert Wong, playing his final conference championshipo before he graduates early, clinched the crown with a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 4.
It was the third time in the last four years that BU has beaten UMBC for the title.
The Bearcats will now await their opponent and regional site for the NCAA first round. The selections will be announced at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and the team will gather in the TAU Bearcat Room in the Events Center to view the show.
4, UMBC 1
Order of finish: 3,2
Order of finish: 1,5,6,3
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