For Immediate Release: April 18, 2006
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Binghamton women's tennis wins 5-2 at Albany

VESTAL, N.Y.--Playing in its final regular-season match, the Binghamton women's tennis team (9-5, 4-0 AE) won 5-2 at Albany (9-5, 2-2 AE) on Saturday. The match, which marked the Bearcats' fifth straight victory, concludes the regular season because Sunday's action at New Hampshire was rained out.

"We played very well today, especially in doubles," head coach Mike Stevens said. "It was probably the best we've looked in doubles this year."

Junior Jelena Koprivica (Belgrade, Serbia) won 6-2, 6-1 over Kim Weltman at No. 2 singles and teamed with sophomore Jenn Naegeli (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) at No. 1 doubles for an 8-2 win over Courtney Michels and Lisa Klarmann.

Junior Zeynep Altinay (Ankara, Turkey) recorded her 67th career singles victory with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles over Michels. She is now two wins shy of the school record 69 wins recorded by Lisa Denerstein (1988-92). Earlier in the day, Altinay and freshman Juliana Umeki (Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil) won 8-1 at No. 2 doubles over Weltman and Amanda Hall.

Junior Lya Kushnirovich (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman Nicole Scarangella (Massapequa, N.Y.) took an 8-3 decision over Aimee Kern and Christina Suarez at No. 3 doubles. Kushnirovich, who is now 25-9 in singles matches, also defeated Hall 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 4 slot while Scarangella beat Suarez at No. 6 singles 6-4, 6-2.

The Bearcats head to the America East Tournament in New Haven, Conn next weekend. The exact seedings will be determined next week.


1. Lisa Klarmann (ALB) def. Julianna Umeki (BING) 7-5, 7-5
2. Jelena Koprivica (BING) def. Kim Weltman (ALB) 6-2, 6-1
3. Zeynep Altinay (BING) def. Courtney Michels (ALB) 6-1, 6-1
4. Lya Kushnirovich (BING) def. Amanda Hall (ALB) 6-2, 6-1
5. Aimee Kern (ALB) def. Jenn Naegeli (BING) 6-4, 7-6 (4)
6. Nicole Scarangella (BING) def. Christina Suarez (ALB) 6-4, 6-2


1. Naegeli & Koprivica (BING) def. Klarmann & Michels (ALB) 8-2
2. Umeki & Altinay (BING) def. Weltman & Hall (ALB) 8-1
3. Kushnirovich & Scarangella (BING) def. Kern & Suarez (ALB) 8-3

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