For Immediate Release: September 30, 2006
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Bearcats win 13 of 16 matches in opening day of Binghamton Women's Tennis Invitational

VESTAL, N.Y.- Play was shortened due to rain in the opening day of the Binghamton Invitational but not before the host Bearcats captured 13 out of their 16 matches. The three-team event also includes Albany and Colgate.

Senior Lya Kushnirovich (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won her 69th career singles match with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Elise Derose of Colgate in the opening round of the A Flight. In the process, she tied Lisa Denerstein (1988-92) for the second most wins in school history. Kushnirovich was leading Colgate's Jackie Couture 5-0 in the second round before the rain made the courts unplayable.

Kushnirovich also won both her doubles matches. In the first round, she teamed with junior Jenn Naegeli (Putman Valley, N.Y.) to defeat Albany's Kim Westcott and Kim Weltman 8-5. The Bearcat tandem went on to defeat Couture and Derose 8-3 in the second round. Naegeli was also triumphant in the B Singles Flight, defeating Cameron Thaney of Colgate 6-3, 6-4.

Senior Zeynep Altinay (Ankara, Turkey) won her 71st career singles match, extending her school record, with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Kim Weltman of Albany in the opening round of the A Flight. In doubles play, she and freshman Erica Rosenblum (Albany, N.Y.) defeated Thenay and Samantha Inacker of Colgate 8-1 in the first round as well as Cemeron Williams and Erin Fenn of Colgate 8-2 in the second round. Rosenblum went on to defeat Aimee Kern of Albany 6-2, 6-4 in Flight B singles play.

Play resumes at the Binghamton Invitational on Sunday at 9 a.m.

Flight A Singles

Zeynep Altinay (BING) def. Kim Weltman (ALB) 6-3, 6-3
Lya Kushnirovich (BING) def. Elise Derose (COLG) 6-0, 6-0
Erin Fenn (COLG) def. Juliana Umeki (BING) 6-3, 0-6 (11-9)
Jackie Coutre (COLG) def. Christina Suarez (ALB) 6-3, 6-1

Flight B Singles

Amanda Hall (ALB) def. Lindsay Grossman (COLG) 6-4, 4-6 (10-7)
Jen Naegeli (BING) def. Cameron Thaney (COLG) 6-3, 6-4
Danyelle Shapiro (BING) def. Samantha Inacker (COLG) 6-4, 6-1
Erica Rosenblum (BING) def. Aimee Kern (ALB) 6-2, 6-4

Flight C Singles

Cameron Williams (COLG) def. Kim Westcott (ALB) 7-5, 6-0
Gayarthri Balasundar (BING) def. Jackie Stimmel (COLG) 6-4, 6-1
Alex Sinclair (BING) def. Ryan Dewey (COLG) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles--Round 1

Altinay & Rosenblum (BING) def. Inacker & Thaney (COLG) 8-1
Couture & Derose (COLG) def. Suarez & Hall (ALB) 8-6
Naegeli & Kushnirovich (BING) def. Weltman & Westcott (ALB) 8-5
Umeki & Shapiro (BING) def. Stimmel & Grossman (COLG) 8-0
Williams & Fenn (COLG) def. Balasundar & Kucko (BING) 8-5

Doubles--Round 2

Naegeli & Kushnirovich (BING) def. Couture & Derose (COLG) 8-3
Altinay & Rosenblum (BING) def. Williams & Fenn (COLG) 8-2
Inacker & Thaney (COLG) def. Umeki & Shapiro (BING) 8-6
Balasundar & Kucko (BING) def. Stimmel & Dewey (COLG) 8-6

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