For Immediate Release: April 28, 2006
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Binghamton women's tennis defeats Hartford 5-0 in first round of America East Championships

NEW HAVEN, CONN. -- Juniors Jelena Koprivica (Belgrade, Serbia) and Lya Kushnirovich (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won both their singles and doubles matches, leading No. 2 Binghamton to a 5-0 win over No. 7 Hartford in the opening round of the America East Conference Championships on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Bearcats advance to the semifinals for the fifth consecutive season and will face UMBC on Saturday at 2 p.m.

"Everyone played very well today," head coach Mike Stevens said. "We are showing a lot of confidence heading into a tough match against UMBC."

Koprivica and sophomore Jenn Naegeli (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) won 8-1 at No. 1 doubles over Halley Werner and Raquel Casino. Koprivica went on to defeat Casino 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.

Kushnirovich and freshman Nicole Scarangella (Massapequa, N.Y.) won 8-0 at No. 3 doubles over Diana Stabers and Michelle Tafur. At No. 3 singles, Kushnirovich defeats Stabers 6-0, 6-0.

Also winning their singles matches for Binghamton were freshman Juliana Umeki (Mogi des Cruises, Brazil), who defeated Lauren Perry 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1, and freshman Alex Sinclair (Manhasset, N.Y.), who won 6-0, 6-0 over Tafur at No. 6. In addition, Binghamton was leading the other two singles matches and one doubles match that were not completed.


1. Julianna Umeki (BING) def. Lauren Perry (HART) 6-1, 6-0
2. Jelena Koprivica (BING) def. Raquel Casino (HART) 6-1, 6-1
3. Lya Kushnirovich (BING) def. Diana Stabers (HART) 6-0, 6-0
4. Jenn Naegeli (BING) was leading Kasey Michels (HART) 6-1, 2-0 DNF
5. Nicole Scarangella was leading Liz Weiner (HART) 6-2, 2-0 DNF
6. Alex Sinclair (BING) def. Michelle Tafur (HART) 6-0, 6-0


1. Naegeli & Koprivica (BING) def. Weiner & Casino (HART) 8-1
2. Umeki & Altinay (BING) were leading Casey & Michels (HART) 6-3
3. Kushnirovich & Scarangella (BING) def. Stabers & Tafur (HART) 8-0

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