For Immediate Release: April 21, 2007
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: 607-777-6478

Women's tennis defeats Albany 7-0 in final home match of the season

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Seniors Zeynep Altinay (Ankara, Turkey) and Lya Kushnirovich (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and sophomore Juliana Umeki (Mogi de Cruises, Brazil) each won their singles and doubles matches, leading Binghamton (13-2, 3-0 AE) to a 7-0 win over Albany (3-11, 1-2 AE) in an America East Conference women's tennis match on Saturday at the West Gym Court. The victory, which extended the Bearcats' win streak to four matches, also marked the final home match for Altinay and Kushnirovich, the two winningest players in school history.

Altinay defeated Aimee Kern 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles for her school-record 86th career singles win. She is now 86-27 all time. Altinay also joined freshman Erica Rosenblum (Albany, N.Y.) at No. 2 doubles to defeat Christina Suarez and Amanda Hall 8-4.

Kushnirovich won her 83rd career singles match with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Kim Weltman at No. 2 singles. She is now 83-31 all time. In doubles play, Kushnirovich teamed with Umeki to defeat Kern and Weltman 8-2. Umeki also defeated Suarez 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.

Altinay and Kushnirovich remained tied for first all time in school history with 69 doubles wins. In addition, Altinay tied the men's tennis team's all-time win leader Brian O'Connor, who went 86-34 between 2002-06.

Freshman Danyelle Shapiro (Boca Raton, Fla.) beat Hall 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4 singles while sophomore Nicole Scarangella (Massapequa, N.Y.) recorded a 6-0, 6-0 win over Kim Westcott at No. 5 singles.

Binghamton heads to Stony Brook for a noon match on Sunday.


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