Binghamton Men Ranked Nationally As Tennis Season Begins
Vloedgraven, the two-time America East Player of the Year, and the Bearcat men are looking for their fourth consecutive America East championship and seventh title in nine years. Four Binghamton men, including Vloedgraven, graced the Northeast top 20. Senior Arnav Jain (Mumbai, India/J.M.L School) checked in at No. 6 while juniors Gilbert Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesan Boys School) and Alexandre Haggai (St. Denis, Reunion Islands/Lycee Bellepierre) were Nos. 19 and 20, respectively. Vloedgraven also appeared on the national singles list at No. 55.
One other America East men’s player earned regional and national billing. UMBC junior Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz./North Canyon) was tabbed No. 12 in the ITA Atlantic region and No. 125 in the nation.
On the women’s side, Edelman leads a Bearcat squad in search of its first ever America East crown. To do that, the Binghamton women will have to unseat reigning champion Boston University. The Terriers, led by two-time America East Player of the Year Stefanie Nunic (New York, N.Y./Broward Virtual Education), have won 17 straight America East championships. The Bearcats entered the 2010 America East tournament as the top seed, but Boston U. took the crown with a 4-3 decision in the finals.
Three America East women grabbed ITA Northeast regional rankings to start the season. Edelman was ranked No. 2 in the region while Nunic took the No. 7 spot. Binghamton junior Jillian Santos (Flushing, N.Y./Cardozo) rounded out the rankings at No. 20.
While Binghamton, Boston U. and UMBC have already begun play this spring, Stony Brook University, University at Albany and University of Hartford have yet to open the spring season. Stony Brook University starts its schedule February 4 with a date at Fairfield. Albany opens its season February 5 against Fordham. University of Hartford does not begin play until February 25 when it hosts Fairfield. America East weekly tennis reporting and Player of the Week honors begin February 9.