Women's tennis team heads to America East Conference Tournament as No. 2 seed

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    Riding a school-record 11-match winning streak, the Binghamton women's tennis team (14-7) enters this weekend's America East Conference championship as the No. 2 seed out of seven teams. The Bearcats will begin action against No. 7 Albany on Friday at 9 a.m. Defending champion Boston is seeded first and has a first round bye.

    "We are all charged up and ready to go this weekend," head coach Jamie Campbell said. "We have got to take it one match at a time but our goal is to win the conference."

    Binghamton's season took a dramatic turnaround during its spring break trip to Florida (March 11-13). The Bearcats had faced tough opponents earlier in the year and had played well. Up until that three day stretch, however, they had trouble winning the close matches.

    "Ever since we beat James Madison over the spring break (March 11), we have been playing very well," Campbell said. "Winning a tight match like that (4-3) did a lot for our confidence."

    Binghamton is led by freshman Justina Hakimi (Manhasset, N.Y./ Herricks) who has an 11-5 record at first singles this season. She has won 11 consecutive matches. At second singles, Janine Sadaka (Great Neck, N.Y.) also is 11-5 this season and has won 10 out of her past 11 matches. Senior Amy Weissberg (Syosset, N.Y.) is 10-9 at third singles but has won seven out of her last eight matches, including a dramatic, come-form-behind, three-set win to seal the Bearcats' 4-2 win over Stony Brook on April 11.

    Also on an 11-match winning streak is Alexis Brill (Syosset, N.Y.) who has a record of 12-7 at fourth singles. Senior Kristin Jobe (Baytown, Texas/ Texas City) has won her last 10 matches at fifth singles and has a record of 10-4 entering the tournament. Sophomore Amy Linda (Bronx, N.Y./ LaGuardia) is 9-5 at sixth singles.

    While the singles matches have unquestionably been the key to Binghamton's current winning streak, Campbell feels it is the doubles matches that could ultimately determine how well Binghamton fares this weekend.

    "The doubles point is going to be important," Campbell said. "We have very good singles players who attack the net but we don't do that as much in doubles matches. The doubles game is much different from the singles game."

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