Release: April 28, 2011
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women's tennis garners top seed for upcoming America East Championship
Veteran lineup of three seniors, three juniors look to propel
BU to its first conference title
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton
University women's tennis team (11-8) earned the No. 1 seed for
the upcoming America East Championship this weekend at Yale University.
Similar to last season, the Bearcats will carry the top seed
into the championship as the squad looks for its first conference
The Bearcats will play the winner of the first-round matchup
between fourth-seeded UMBC and fifth-seeded Albany in a semifinal
on Saturday at 1 p.m. Second-seeded Boston University, who has
rattled off 17 straight America East Championship crowns, will
face either third-seeded Stony Brook or sixth-seeded Hartford
in the other semifinal match Saturday at 1 p.m. The winner of
each semifinal match will meet in the championship final on Sunday
at 11 a.m.
Binghamton enters the America East Championship on a winning
streak of five games or more for the seventh consecutive season.
This season, BU has recorded six consecutive triumphs, dating
back to March 26.
"We've spent the last two weeks really fine tuning our games
- both singles and doubles," head coach Libby McGovern said.
"Our doubles teams have really come together in the last
two weeks and are playing aggressive tennis. The team has been
extremely focused and disciplined and have been working extremely
hard. Hopefullly, all of their effort and hard work will pay
off this weekend."
The team boasts a veteran starting lineup consisting of three
seniors and three juniors. Senior Anna
Edelman, who ranks second in the ITA Northeast Region rankings,
has posted a 32-8 record in singles play, which set a single-season
program record for wins in singles competition. She is 14-5 in
dual matches and has led the team at the top singles spot. The
senior standout posted 18 wins in tournament play during the
fall season, highlighted by the A Singles crown in the USTA National
Tennis Center Invitational and a runner-up finish at the ITA
East Regional Championships.
Classmate Lauren Bates also broke a
school record in the final weekend of regular-season competition.
She notched a pair of wins over Hartford and Stony Brook to move
into sole possession of first-place on the program's career singles
wins chart. With 88 career victories in singles competition,
Bates represents the school's all-time leader in singles wins,
passing Zeynep Altinay's career mark of 86 wins.
Junior Jillian Santos, who ranks No.
20 in the ITA Northeast Region Rankings, will compete at third
singles in this weekend's championship. Santos registered a 24-10
mark in singles play this season, including a 13-6 record in
Senior No. 4 Yulia Smirnova will
play her final tournament as a Bearcat this weekend. The winningest
doubles player in school history, Smirnova has amassed 82 wins
in doubles competition, shattering the old mark set by Zeynep
Altinay (70) from 2003-07. Smirnova owns a 20-10 mark in doubles
play this season.
The junior class tandem of
Marina Bykovskaya and Emma
Leibowicz rounds out BU's starting lineup. Bykovskaya holds
a winning streak of six consecutive matches in singles play,
coinciding with the team's six-game streak. She has been dominant
when it comes to doubles play, tallying a sparkling 25-8 record
in doubles. Bykovskaya and Leibowicz share a 14-4 mark in dual
matches at third doubles this season.