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Women’s tennis beats Boston for first time
April 12, 2011Tweet
In a rematch of last year’s America East title match, the Binghamton University women’s tennis team (9-8) posted its fourth consecutive win with a 4-3 triumph over Boston University on April 10. The historic victory was Binghamton’s first over the Terriers in program history and marked Boston’s first-ever loss in America East play dating back to the addition of women’s tennis to the conference in 1989.
The two squads have faced each other in six of the last eight America East Championship matches. The dual match represented the first time the two programs squared off in the regular season.
“I’m very pleased for the girls,” head coach Libby McGovern said. “They know that this is a good win and that we still have things that we need to work on to reach our ultimate goal for the season. We will continue fine-tuning our game plans and focus in practice so that we are prepared to raise our intensity for the rest of the season. Hopefully this win will give us confidence going into the end of our season.”
Senior Anna Edelman, who matched the program’s all-time single-season wins record (30) against UMBC on April 9, was unable to break Zeynep Altinay’s feat in the dual match. The senior standout was held in check by former America East Rookie of the Year (2009) and Player of the Year (2010) Stefanie Nunic in a hard-fought three-set match at the top singles spot.
Senior Lauren Bates tallied her second consecutive victory since returning to the lineup from an injury April 3. Bates earned the decision as a result of Vivien Laszloffy retiring during the second set with an injury of her own. Classmate Yulia Smirnova rallied from a set-down to take the match over Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis with convincing wins in the second and third sets. Junior Jillian Santos cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win at fourth singles, while classmate Marina Bykovskaya prevailed in three sets over Jessi Linero.
In doubles competition, the Terriers secured the point with wins at all three spots.