Updated: May 05, 2011 3:05 pm (ET)
by America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Binghamton University swept the America East Tennis Player of the Year awards after both the men’s and women’s squads earned top seeds in the conference tournament and made runs to the championship finals. Senior Sven Vloedgraven (Lochem, Netherlands/Isendoorn College) led the Bearcat men to their fourth consecutive America East crown as he earned his third straight Player of the Year award. Senior Anna Edelman (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck North) picked up the women’s Player of the Year hardware for the first time as she led the Bearcats to a second-place finish at the championship. The awards and all-conference selections were determined by open ballots cast by the conference’s coaches.
Vloedgraven, the No. 77 singles player in the nation in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, posted a 21-2 record from the top singles position this spring. The senior also earned first-team all-conference honors for both No. 1 singles and doubles and has been a first-team all-conference honoree in each of his four seasons at Binghamton.
Edelman, the 2008 America East Rookie of the Year, earned the women’s Player of the Year honor after turning in a 16-5 record at No. 1 singles this spring. Among those wins was a three-set triumph over Boston University’s Stefanie Nunic, a two-time America East Player of the Year, in the America East final. Like Vloedgraven, Edelman earned first-team all-conference accolades in both singles and doubles. The senior is a three-time all-conference honoree.
The men’s Rookie of the Year award went to Stony Brook freshman Nikita Fomin (Moscow, Russia/Bradenton). Fomin led the Seawolves to the America East semifinals before falling to eventual champion Binghamton. The freshman went 12-6 in singles matches this spring, with nine of those wins coming from the first position. Fomin was earned a spot on the all-conference second team in the No. 1 position.
UMBC freshman Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany/Leibnizgymnasium) earned the women’s Rookie of the Year award playing in the top singles spot for the Retrievers. Berghaus won 10 singles matches for the Retrievers, including seven from the top spot.
Binghamton and Boston U. shared the men’s Coaching Staff of the Year honor. Head coach Adam Cohen led the Bearcats to eight wins in their final nine regular-season duals en route to their fourth straight America East title. Boston U. head coach Rick Edelman and his staff directed the Terrier men to 10 wins this spring, matching their win total from the last two seasons combined, and the No. 3 seed in the America East tournament.
On the women’s side, Binghamton earned the Coaching Staff of the Year award. In her first season with the Bearcats, head coach Libby McGovern led the Bearcats to the top seed in the America East tournament and an appearance in the America East final. The Bearcats fell to the second-seeded Boston U. women, who won their 18th straight conference title.
In addition to Vloedgraven, four other Bearcats earned first-team singles honors. Senior Arnav Jain (Mumbai, India/J.M.L School), junior Gilbert Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesan Boys School), junior Alexandre Haggai (St. Denis, Reunion Islands/Lycee Bellepierre) and sophomore Ruben Devos (Keerbergen, Belgium/Sint-Rombouts College) took the No. 2, 3, 4 and 6 spots on the team, respectively. UMBC sophomore Gaulthier Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France/Institute Deschamp) took the No. 5 slot on the first team. Binghamton filled all three doubles spots on the first team, with the duos of Vloedgraven and Wong, Jain and Haggai and Devos and sophomore Bastian Bornkessel (Bochum, NRW, Germany/Lessing-Schule) receiving the honors.
Fomin headlined the second team in the No. 1 position. UMBC placed four singles players on the squad with junior No. 2 Rasid Winklaar (Willemstad, Curocao/Abraham Baldwin College), junior No. 3 Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz./North Canyon), sophomore No. 4 Adam Duprat (Bobigny, France/Institute Deschamp) and senior No. 6 Mwali Phiri (Yonkers, N.Y./Tuckahoe/Tyler J.C.) earning singles spots. Boston U. sophomore Ferdinand Brunet (London, England/Stony Brook) filled the fifth position on the team. Brunet’s Terrier teammates sophomore Josh Friedman (Los Angeles, Calif./Milken Community) and junior Michael Kopelman (Treasure Island, Fla./Florida State) grabbed the No. 1 doubles slot on the second team. The UMBC pairs of Phiri and Winklaar and Duprat and Berret took the final doubles spots.
Edelman highlighted a women’s first team that included senior teammate Lauren Bates (Buffalo, N.Y./Kenmore West) at the No. 2 spot. Stony Brook placed three singles players on the first team with junior Prerana Appineni (Hyderabad, India/Vasavi Public) in the third position, senior Gayatri Krishnan (Chennai, India/National Inst. of Open Schooling) in the fourth position and junior Salome Mkervalidze (Brewster, N.Y./Brewster) in the sixth position. Boston U. freshman Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis (Haltern am See, Germany/Joseph Konig Gymnasium) rounded out the squad in the fifth position. Edelman and Bates, Binghamton junior Jillian Santos (Flushing, N.Y./Cardozo) and senior Yulia Smirnova (Moscow, Russia./Secondary School 1574) and Stony Brook sophomore Nini Lagvilava (Tbilisi, Georgia/Number 29) and Krishnan took the first-team doubles spots.
Boston U.’s Stefanie Nunic (New York, N.Y./Broward Virtual Education), and sophomores Vivien Laszloffy (Budapest, Hungary/Thomas Mann Gymnasium) and Jessi Linero (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) earned the first, second and sixth slots on the second team. Binghamton’s Santos, Smirnova and junior Marina Bykovskaya (Saratov, Russia/Secondary School 8) grabbed Nos. 3, 4 and 5 singles spots. The Stony Brook tandems of sophomore Aylin Mehter (Massepequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and Appineni and junior Katherine Hanson (Smithtown, N.Y./Hauppauge) and Mkervalidze took the top-two doubles positions on the second team. Boston U.’s duo of junior Monika Mical (Stalowa Wola, Poland/Penn State) and senior Vanessa Steiner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Indiana University H.S.) rounded out the second team selections.
2011 Men’s Tennis All-Conference
#1. Sven Vloedgraven, Binghamton
#2. Arnav Jain, Binghamton
#3. Gilbert Wong, Binghamton
#4. Alexandre Haggai, Binghamton
#5. Gaulthier Berret, UMBC
#6. Ruben Devos, Binghamton
#1. Sven Vloedgraven/Gilbert Wong, Binghamton
#2. Arnav Jain/Alexandre Haggai, Binghamton
#3. Ruben Devos/Bastian Bornkessel, Binghamton
#1. Nikita Fomin, Stony Brook
#2. Rasid Winklaar, UMBC
#3. Joe Adewumi, UMBC
#4. Adam Duprat, UMBC
#5. Ferdinand Brunet, Boston U.
#6. Mwali Phiri, UMBC
#1. Josh Friedman/Michael Kopelman, Boston U.
#2. Mwali Phiri/Rasid Winklaar, UMBC
#3. Adam Duprat/Gaulthier Berret, UMBC
Player of the Year: Sven Vloedgraven, Binghamton
Rookie of the Year: Nikita Fomin, Stony Brook
Coaching Staff(s) of the Year: Binghamton/Boston U.
2011 Women’s Tennis All-Conference
#1. Anna Edelman, Binghamton
#2. Lauren Bates, Binghamton
#3. Prerana Appineni, Stony Brook
#4. Gayatri Krishnan, Stony Brook
#5. Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis, Boston U.
#6. Salome Mkervalidze, Stony Brook
#1. Anna Edelman/Lauren Bates, Binghamton
#2. Jillian Santos/Yulia Smirnova, Binghamton
#3. Nini Lagvilava/Gayatri Krishnan, Stony Brook
#1. Stefanie Nunic, Boston U.
#2. Vivien Laszloffy, Boston U.
#3. Jillian Santos, Binghamton
#4. Yulia Smirnova, Binghamton
#5. Marina Bykovskaya, Binghamton
#6. Jessi Linero, Boston U.
#1. Aylin Mehter/Prerana Appineni, Stony Brook
#2. Katherine Hanson/Salome Mkervalidze, Stony Brook
#3. Monika Mical/Vanessa Steiner, Boston U.
Player of the Year: Anna Edelman, Binghamton
Rookie of the Year: Kim Berghaus, UMBC
Coaching Staff of the Year: Binghamton