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Women’s Tennis Set To Play Hartford In America East Tournament

Bearcats (4-16) set for 10 am matchup on Friday versus the Hawks (0-15)

April 25, 2013

Women’s Tennis Set To Play Hartford In America East Tournament

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Baltimore, MD—
Event: America East Women’s Tennis Championships
Dates: Friday, April 26-Sunday April 28
Venue: UMBC Retriever Tennis Complex (Baltimore, MD)
Schedule:#4 Binghamton vs. #5 Hartford (Friday- 10 am)
      #1 Stony Brook vs. Winner of 4/5 (Saturday- 10 am)
            #2 Albany vs. #3 UMBC (Saturday- 2 pm)
            Championship Match (Sunday- 2 pm)

Binghamton (4-16) enters the America East Tournament as the fourth seed after going 1-3 against conference teams this season. The Bearcats will square off with fifth seed Hartford (0-15) on Friday morning at 10 am at the UMBC Retriever Tennis Complex in Baltimore, Maryland. BU defeated the Hawks back on April 6 at home in a 7-0 sweep. The Bearcats won both doubles matches by a score of 8-2 and nearly blanked Hartford in singles play, winning all five matches in straight sets. BU is a perfect 15-0 all-time versus Hartford and 5-0 in America East Tournament play; including a 4-0 win last season in the Quarterfinals.

Hartford has yet to win a dual match this season and have lost 34 straight dating back to September 14, 2011. Junior Katina Zampas leads the team with a 3-11 record at first and second singles. Freshman Colleen Beck is 2-13 in singles and 2-17 overall in doubles competition for second year coach Michael Louis. Hartford is looking for their first America East tournament win since 2001.

Despite losing 12 of their last 13 matches, the young Binghamton squad heads to Baltimore having shown steady improvement throughout the season. The Bearcats’ roster, which features six underclassmen, including four newcomers, have experienced a difficult non-conference slate and are battle tested moving forward to tournament play. “The schedule I put together for the regular season was extremely challenging,” third-year head coach Libby McGovern explained. “Playing against tough competition from start to finish this year has been extremely helpful for our team.  We have improved tremendously this season, and if we put together everything we learned from our regular season, we will be a very dangerous team to play against this weekend.”


During a recent stretch, BU has played Ivy League powers Cornell (14-4), Princeton (12-7) and 72nd ranked Harvard (11-6). The Bearcats have also had a bit of misfortune along the way, losing a pair of 4-3 heart-breakers to both Albany and FDU in recent weeks. “Our success in the tournament comes down to maintaining our focus on big points and having them go our way,” McGovern said.  “Also, we have to maintain emotional and mental control throughout the entire match. The girls are prepared for what lies ahead, now it’s just a matter of putting everything together at the right time.”

Binghamton’s freshmen class of four has jumped right into the fold this season. All four have played a valuable role on the squad, combining for 31 singles and 17 doubles wins this season. Newcomer Sara Kohtz has been terrific in the middle of third-year head coach Libby McGovern’s lineup, winning a team-high 13 singles matches this season. She is an impressive 9-4 from the second and third singles spots in dual competition. Alexis Tashiro is 5-13 in dual competition, playing anywhere from 2-4 in the lineup. In addition, Tashiro and fellow freshman Shea Brodsky are 4-10 playing together at second doubles this spring. Agatha Ambrozy in all likelihood will play at fifth singles this weekend, going 5-12 from that spot to this point. Ambrozy has spent time playing with Bearcats’ number one player Katherine Medianik at first doubles this year as well.

BU All-Time Record: 15-11 (.577)
Best Finish: Runner-up (seven times)
Binghamton Finish Last Season: 3rd
Last Season’s Champion: Stony Brook
2012 Player of the Year: Nina Lagvilava, Stony Brook



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