For Immediate Release: April 25, 2009
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Binghamton women's tennis loses 4-1 to Boston in America East finals

NEW HAVEN, Conn.-- Binghamton's record-breaking season came to an end against Boston University in the America East women's tennis championship on Sunday afternoon at Yale University. The top-seeded Terriers won their 16th consecutive conference title with a 4-1 victory over the second-seeded Bearcats. Binghamton (17-4) is the runner up for the fifth time in the last seven seasons.

Freshman Stefanie Nunic, who was named the tournament's most outstanding performer, defeated Lauren Bates 6-4, 6-2 at first singles. She also joined Francine Whu, last season's Most Outstanding Performer, for an 8-3 win over Bates and Jillian Santos at first doubles. Whu also beat Santos 6-3, 6-4 at second singles.

The Terriers' other doubles win came at the No. 3 position, where Cori Leftkowith and Danille Abraham defeated Marina Bykovskaya and Danyelle Shapiro 8-6. Leftkowith also downed Bykovskaya 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4 singles.

Binghamton's lone win was turned in by Yagmur Gone, who defeated Liz Corrao 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5 singles. The Bearcats were also leading the two other singles matches that were not completed.

The 17 wins this season broke the previous school record of 16 wins, set during the 2004-05 campaign.

Later in the week, the all-conference teams will be announced.


1. Stefanie Nunic (BOSTON) def. Lauren Bates (BING) 6-4, 6-2
2. Francine Whu (BOSTON) def. Jillian Santos (BING) 6-3, 6-4
3. Yulia Smirnova (BING) was leading Petra Santini (BOSTON) 6-4, 5-2
4. Cori Lefkowith (BOSTON) def. Marina Bykovskaya (BING) 6-0, 6-3
5. Yagmur Gone (BING) def. Liz Corrao (BOSTON) 6-2, 6-1
6. Danyelle Shapiro (BING) was leading Yana Sadovskaya (BOSTON) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0


1. Nunic & Whu (BOSTON) def. Santos & Bates (BING) 8-3
2. Match tied at 8-8 between Santini & Corrao (BOSTON) vs. Smirnova & Emma Leibowicz (BING)
3. Leftkowith & Danielle Abraham (BOSTON) def. Bykovskaya & Shapiro (BING) 8-6

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