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For Immediate Release: April 18, 2009
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton women's tennis sweeps Albany 7-0

VESTAL, N.Y..-- Binghamton (16-3, 4-0 AE) swept Albany (13-4, 0-1 AE) in an America East Conference women's tennis match at the Varsity Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon. The win, which concluded the regular season, was the fifth straight for the Bearcats.

Binghamton finished unbeaten against America East opponents during the regular season for the fifth consecutive season. Since 2004-05, Binghamton has gone 16-0 in regular-season conference matches.

"It was a good win for us," head coach Mike Stevens said. "Taking part in the Think Pink Campaign and finishing the regular season unbeaten in conference play made this a good day for us."

Sophomore Lauren Bates and freshman Jillian Santos defeated Susan Ma and Laine Mackey 8-3 at first doubles. Bates, went on to defeat Ma 6-0, 6-0 at first singles while Santos beat Kim Weltman 6-4, 6-4 at second singles.

At third doubles, junior Danyelle Shapiro and freshman Marina Bykovskaya recorded an 8-3 win over Aubrey Brooks and Weltman. Shaprio also downed Brooks 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6 singles while Bykovskaya won her match at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-3, over Holly Smith.

The Bearcats closed the day with a pair of three-set singles victories. Sophomore Yulia Smirnova defeated Charlotte Tatler 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 at No. 3 singles while freshman Basak Gone outlasted Mackey 4-6, 7-6 (4), 10-6 at No. 5 singles.

Up next for the Bearcats is the America East Tournament, where they were the runner up to Boston last season. The conference will announce the brackets on Wednesday.

NOTES: Binghamton wore pink shirts as part of the "Think Pink" Campaign to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

SINGLES

1. Lauren Bates (BING) def. Susan Ma (ALBANY) 6-0, 6-0
2. Jillian Santos (BING) def. Kim Weltman (ALBANY) 6-4, 6-4
3. Yulia Smirnova (BING) def. Charlotte Tatler (ALBANY) 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
4. Marina Bykovskaya (BING) def. Holly Smith (ALBANY) 6-2, 6-3
5. Basak Gone (BING) def. Laine Mackey (ALBANY) 4-6, 7-6 (4), 10-6
5. Danyelle Shaprio (BING) def. Aubrey Brooks (ALBANY) 6-4, 6-2

DOUBLES

1. Bates & Santos (BING) def. Ma & Mackey (ALBANY) 8-3
2. Smith & Tatler (ALBANY) def. Emma Leibowicz & Smirnova (BING) 10-8
3. Bykovskaya & Shaprio (BING) def. Brooks & Weltman (ALBANY) 8-3

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