For Immediate Release: May 5, 2010
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Stevens named America East Women's Tennis Coach of the Year

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Seventh-year head coach Mike Stevens has been named the America East Women's Tennis Coach of the Year, highlighting Binghamton's strong showing on the America East All-Conference Teams. The Bearcats had five singles players honored by the conference and swept all three first-team doubles selections.

Stevens, who since 2003-04 has led the Bearcats to a 119-38 dual match record, steered the squad to its fifth appearance in the America East finals since he took over the program. In addition, he guided Binghamton to its best start in program history (7-0) and its first-ever ITA National Rankings (No. 74 on Feb. 23 and No. 68 on March 2). This marks the fourth time in the last six years Stevens has been named the America East Coach of the Year.

Junior Anna Edelman was named first-team all-conference at both No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. In singles play, she was ranked nationally by the ITA for several weeks during the season (most recently at No. 120 during the week of April 23). At the America East tournament, Edelman won both of her singles matches and ended the year with a 15-2 record in dual matches.

At No. 1 doubles, Edelman and sophomore Marina Bykovskaya were named the top doubles team, having gone 14-1 as a duo in dual matches during the season.

Junior Lauren Bates, who was named the America East Player of the Week a program record four times this season, was tabbed second-team all-conference at first singles. She went 14-3 in dual matches during the season and became the third player in program history to reach the 70-win mark for her career.

Bates and sophomore Emma Leibowicz were the top team at No. 2 doubles. The duo won its last six matches of the season, including both contests at the America East Tournament. At No. 6 singles, Leibowicz was named second-team all-conference, having posted a 7-4 record since stepping into the lineup midway through the spring.

Sophomore Jillian Santos and junior Yulia Smirnova earned first-team honors at No. 3 doubles. In addition, Santos was named to the second team at No. 3 singles while Smirnova was also selected to the second team at No. 4 singles. Both players went 13-5 in singles dual contests during the season and each of them won a match at the America East Tournament.

Binghamton finished the season with a record of 15-3.

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