Bearcats Continue Winning Ways, Sweep Weekly Tennis Honors

Release: 04/07/2010
Courtesy: America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Binghamton University junior Sven Vloedgraven (Lochem, Netherlands/Isendoorn College) helped the No. 52 Bearcats capture two wins on Sunday, stretching their winning streak to a record 13 matches, to claim the male Tennis Player of the Week honor. Fellow sophomore Bearcat Marina Bykovskaya (Saratov, Russia/Secondary School 8) helped the women claim two close 4-3 decisions to earn the female Tennis Player of the Week award for the week ending April 6.

Vloedgraven went a perfect 4-0 combined at the No. 1 singles and doubles spot on Sunday to lead the 18-1 Bearcats to wins over No. 74 Western Michigan, 4-0, and Buffalo, 5-2. He dropped only seven games in four sets of singles to improve to 31-8 overall in singles this year and 16-3 in dual matches. Vloedgraven is also 23-8 in doubles this season and 15-4 in dual matches after posting two wins in doubles with sophomore partner Gilbert Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesan Boys School) on Sunday.

Bykovskaya helped the Bearcat women claim a pair of 4-3 decisions against Colonial Athletic Association members Richmond and UNC-Wilmington over the week. At No. 1 doubles, Bykovskaya paired with Edelman to clinch the doubles point in both matches for the squad, improving to 20-4 overall in doubles this season. In singles, Bykovskaya rebounded in the third set against Richmond to claim one of the Bearcats’ three singles victories. Against UNC-Wilmington, she picked up a straight-set win at the No. 6 singles spot, helping Binghamton improve to 10-2 on the season.

The Binghamton men’s team continues to climb the rankings, moving up from 59th to 52nd in this week’s ITA national rankings. The Bearcat’s ranking is the highest in the program’s history.

Albany – The Great Danes went 0-3 over the week on their spring break trip in Florida.  Albany first faced Jacksonville on Wednesday, falling 7-0. Jacksonville swept the doubles point and carried the momentum into singles. Junior Susan Ma (Parkville, Mo. /Park Hills South) was the only Great Dane to capture a set on Wednesday, winning the first set at the No. 3 singles spot before falling in a 10-point tiebreaker played in lieu of a third set. The Great Danes then faced Missouri-Kansas, dropping a 5-2 decision. While juniors Livia Gherman (Zalau Salaj, Romania/Washington State/Colegiul National Silvania) and Laine Mackey (Leawood, Kan./Shawnee Mission) pulled out a win at the top doubles spot, Albany couldn’t hold on to the doubles point, losing at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Gherman then posted a singles victory at the No. 1 spot, rallying back from a set down for the win. Freshman Sarah Iannone (North Vancouver, British Columbia/Seycove Secondary School) posted a second point for the squad with a straight-set victory at No. 6 singles. In their final match of the trip, Albany fell, 7-0, to Florida Atlantic. Mackey and Gherman claimed the Great Danes only win of the day at No. 1 doubles. Albany returns to action on April 9 against Massachusetts.

Binghamton – The No. 52 Bearcat men improved to 18-1 on the season with two wins on Sunday over No. 74 Western Michigan, 4-0, and Buffalo, 5-2. With the two wins, Binghamton stretched its win streak to a record 13 matches, breaking the previous record of 12 set by the 2004-05 team. The Bearcats first played the Broncos. Binghamton took the doubles point to start the match with victories at the top two spots. Juniors Arnav Jain (Mumbai, India/J.M.L School), and Sven Vloedgraven and senior Moshe Levy (Ra’ananna, Israel/De-Cart) then each captured straight-set singles wins to clinch the match for the squad. Later on Sunday, the team faced host Buffalo. Again the Bearcats claimed the doubles point this time posting wins at No. 1 and 3 doubles. Vloedgraven, Levy and Jain again captured victories at the No. 1, 2 and 4 singles positions. Sophomore Gilbert Wong also captured a win for the squad, earning a decisive 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 3 singles. Binghamton next hosts UMBC and FDU on April 10. The Bearcat women pulled out a close 4-3 decision over UNC Wilmington on April 1. Binghamton claimed the doubles point to start the match, with victories at the No. 1 and 3 slots. Junior Anna Edelman (Great Neck, N.Y./Great NeckNorth) then captured a point for the squad with a win at No. 2 singles while sophomore teammate Marina Bykovskaya earned another straight-set victory for the Bearcats at the No. 6 spot. UNC-Wilmington then rebounded, posting two wins at the No. 1 and 5 spots, but sophomore Jillian Santos (Flushing, N.Y./Cardozo) pulled out a close first set to win at No. 3 singles, clinching the match for Binghamton. The Bearcats next host UMBC on April 10.

Boston U. – The Terrier women next play Massachusetts on April 10 while the men take on Quinnipiac on Saturday.

Hartford – Both squads captured their first wins of the season on Tuesday each defeating Wagner, 7-0. The Hawks play Holy Cross this afternoon (April 7).

UMBC – After a 4-2 loss to conference rival Stony Brook, the UMBC men bounced back and improved to 14-4 on the season with a 7-0 win over Coppin State on April 3. The Retrievers rested regulars Chris Meyer (New Market, Md./Urbana), Fredi Voorman (Talinn,Estonia/Audentes Private) and Gaulthier Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France) in singles while doubles specialists senior Logan Bricker (Shenandoah, Va./Page County), sophomore Allen Tsang (Wellesley, Mass./American Heritage) and junior Shane Yap (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick) all competed and won in singles competition. UMBC faces Binghamton in Vestal, N.Y. on April 10 in their lone match of the week. The Retriever women improved to 12-5 on the season with home shutouts (7-0) of local rivals Towson and Coppin State on April 2 and 3. Senior Barbara Couto (Terespolis, Brazil/Centrode Ensino Moderno) and freshman Lorena Valente (Florianopolis, Brazil/Coracao de Jesus) improved to 13-2 in doubles action this season with an 8-0 victory over Towson. UMBC faces Binghamton in Vestal, N.Y. on April 10 in their lone match of the week.

Stony Brook – The Seawolf men defeated Georgetown on March 31, 5-2. Stony Brook took the doubles point with wins in the top-two spots. The squad then posted wins at No. 1, 3, 5 and 6 singles to claim victory. Both sophomores Mitch Wong (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) and Max Sztabholz (Paris, France/Jean Viler/Lindenwood) pulled out close three-set victories at the No. 3 and 6 positions to clinch the match for Stony Brook. The men next host Sacred Heart on April 10. The women also defeated Georgetown on Wednesday, 6-1. The Seawolves swept the doubles point and carried their momentum into singles. The squad dropped only one singles match, losing the No. 4 spot in three sets. Stony Brook returns to action on April 11 against New Jersey Tech.