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Women’s tennis edged by Boston in America East Championship match
May 3, 2011Tweet
In a rematch of the last four America East Championship matches, the Boston University Terriers edged top-seeded Binghamton University, 4-3, at Yale University on May 1. The Terriers claimed their 17th straight conference title, dating back to 1994-95, while the Bearcats earned their seventh all-time runner-up finish in 10 years of Division I competition.
For the second straight year, it came down to the final match as junior Marina Bykovskaya battled Boston’s Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis with the conference title on the line. Athanasiadis took the first set 6-2 before Bykovskaya registered a 7-6 win to force a third-set. In the final set, Athanasiadis pulled away for a 6-2 triumph to clinch the match. Bykovskaya managed to keep it close at 3-2 but couldn’t rally down the stretch.
The Bearcats, who entered the championship match on a winning streak of seven straight, won a pair of doubles matches early to secure the first point of the match. Seniors Anna Edelman and Lauren Bates teamed for an 8-5 victory at the top doubles spot. Junior Jillian Santos and senior Yulia Smirnova combined for an 8-1 win at second doubles to clinch the crucial point.
Despite the doubles point and early momentum on their side, Binghamton was unable to split the singles matches, only winning two of the six.
Edelman defeated two-time America East Player of the Year Stefanie Nunic in three sets at first singles. She finished her stellar four-year career at Binghamton with a 34-8 season record, 77-19 for her career.
Bates and Santos fell in straight sets at the second and third singles spot. Smirnova registered an impressive 6-3, 6-3 decision over Monika Mical at fourth singles. She ended her career with a 89-34 record, becoming Binghamton’s all-time winningest singles player. Bates finished her career with a 88-38 mark, which ranks second all-time on the program’s career singles wins chart.