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Men’s tennis falls to UCLA in NCAA first round
May 17, 2011Tweet
Host and 12th-seeded UCLA (17-6) defeated Binghamton men’s tennis (12-14), 4-0, in an NCAA first round match May 13, at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins, making their 35th straight NCAA appearance, beat Ole Miss in the second round on May 14.
Binghamton started strong in doubles, and was tied at 4-4 at both the first and second positions. But UCLA’s 57th-ranked duo at No. 2 rattled off four straight games to clinch the doubles point. Binghamton’s senior tandem of Sven Vloedgraven and Gilbert Wong led the 32nd-ranked doubles team, 5-4, when their match was halted.
UCLA, which boasted four ranked singles players in its lineup, then won the first three completed singles matches in straight sets to close out the victory. Junior No. 4 Alexandre Haggai had the most success, and was trailing 6-4, 3-2, when his match against No. 103 Adrien Puget was stopped.
“We’re disappointed with the outcome today, but UCLA has a very good team and they proved that,” head coach Adam Cohen said. “I thought we were competitive at first and second doubles but in singles, we just never got any momentum. They got ahead early on almost every court. UCLA is a very good team and will contend for another national title.”
The match was the final dual for Binghamton’s senior class of Vloedgraven, Wong and Arnav Jain, along with reserves Andreas Danielsson and Evan Algier. The group produced four straight America East crowns and helped elevate Binghamton’s program to the top echelon in the Northeast.
“I can’t say enough about our seniors,” Cohen said. “We brought these guys in after finishing third in America East my first season (2007) and to see what they’ve accomplished for our program is amazing. It’s a tribute to them and all their hard work. They represented the school the right way every time they took the court and also have done the right things in the classroom. They will be missed.”
Vloedgraven will continue his senior season at the 64-man NCAA Singles Championship, beginning May 25, at Stanford.