For Immediate Release: April 2, 2007
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Women's tennis opens spring trip with 5-2 loss at Bethune Cookman

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA.-- The Binghamton tennis team opened up its three-match spring break trip with a 5-2 setback against Bethune Cookman (18-2) on Tuesday afternoon. The host Wildcats won the doubles point by taking two out of the three matches and went on to win four out of six singles matches, including a critical pair of three-set triumphs.

As was the case against defending Northeast Conference Champion Quinnipiac eight days earlier, the Bearcats found themselves in a 3-1 hole with three singles matches to play. Adding to the drama was that all three matches went to a decisive third set

Senior Zeynep Altinay (Ankara, Turkey) rallied to defeat Olga Ruislova at first singles 2-6, 6-1, 7-5. At second singles, however, sophomore Juliana Umeki (Mogi de Cruises, Brazil) lost a tough three-set match to Lucia Polakova 7-5, 2-6, 6-2. Also falling short in a match that went the distance was senior Lya Kushnirovich (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who was defeated at third singles by Kiara Powell 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Earlier in the day, freshman Danyelle Shapiro (Boca Raton, Fla.) and sophomore Nicole Scarangella (Massapequa, N.Y.) won at third doubles, defeating Monika Musilova and Jeneice Ward 8-7 (1). Freshman Erica Rosenblum (Albany, N.Y.) won her match at No. 6 singles, beating Ward 6-3, 6-1.

Binghamton continues its spring trip on Tuesday with a 2 p.m. match at Florida Atlantic.


1. Zeynep Altinay (BING) def. Olga Ruislova (BC) 2-6, 6-1, 7-5
2. KLucia Polakova (BC) def. Juliana Umeki (BING) 7-5, 2-6, 6-2
3. Kiara Powell (BC) def. Lya Kushnirovich (BING) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
4. Monika Musilova (BC) def. Danyelle Shapiro (BING) 6-0, 6-0
5. Valerie Kendrick (BC) def. Nicole Scarangella (BING) 7-5, 6-4
6. Erica Rosenblum (BING) def. Jeneice Ward (BC) 6-3, 6-1


1. Powell & Ruislova (BC) def. Umeki & Kushnirovich (BING) 8-2
3. Polakova & Kendrick (BC) def. Altinay & Rosenblum (BING) 8-4
2. Scarangella & Shapiro (BING) def. Muisilova & Ward (BC) 8-7 (1)

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