For Immediate Release: March 18, 2011
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Women's tennis blanks University of Albany in America East opener
All six Bearcats tallied straight-set wins in singles play

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Following a stretch of eleven straight days without a match, the Binghamton University women's tennis team (4-5) showed no signs of sluggishness as they cruised to a 7-0 victory over the University of Albany Friday afternoon. Every Bearcat registered a straight-set victory in the singles portion of competition.

Juniors Marina Bykovskaya and Emma Leibowicz kicked things off with an 8-2 win at third doubles. The tandem of junior Jillian Santos and senior Yulia Smirnova followed with an 8-4 triumph at second doubles. Senior Anna Edelman and Basak Gone completed the sweep in doubles play with an 8-3 decision at first doubles.

With the doubles point secured, Binghamton rattled off all six singles matches in straight-set fashion to account for the 7-0 final.

Edelman defeated Susan Ma by a 6-3, 6-0 margin at first singles. Santos continued her stellar play at second singles with a straight-set win, improving to 7-2 on the year in the second slot. Smirnova and Bykovskaya each prevailed by the same 6-2, 6-4 score at third and fourth singles, respectively. Leibowicz was a 6-1, 6-3 winner at fifth singles, while freshman Jennifer Fridman notched an impressive 6-0, 6-0 triumph at sixth singles.

The Bearcats begin a busy stretch of five matches in six days, starting Sunday with a dual match against Old Dominion at 1 p.m.


1. Anna Edelman/Basak Gone (BU) def Susan Ma/Aubrey Brooks (Albany) 8-3
2. Jillian Santos/Yulia Smirnova (BU) def Laine Mackey/Melissa Coughing (Albany) 8-4
3. Marina Bykovskaya/Emma Leibowicz (BU) def Rachel Drake/Sarah Iannone (Albany) 8-2

Order of finish: 3, 2, 1


1. Anna Edelman (BU) def Susan Ma (Albany) 6-3 6-0
2. Jillian Santos (BU) def Laine Mackey (Albany) 6-3 6-4
3. Yulia Smirnova (BU) def Aubrey Brooks (Albany) 6-2 6-4
4. Marina Bykovskaya (BU) def Sarah Iannone (Albany) 6-2 6-4
5. Emma Leibowicz (BU) def Melissa Coughing (Albany) 6-1 6-3
6. Jennifer Fridman (BU) def Rachel Drake (Albany) 6-0 6-0

Order of finish: 1,2,3,4,6,5

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