For Immediate Release: September 27, 2006
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Altinay and Kushnirovich seek to continue historic runs at Binghamton Women's Tennis Invitational

BINGHAMTON, N.Y.-- Three weeks ago at the season-opening Bloomsburg Duals, senior Zeynep Altinay (Ankara, Turkey) became the first Binghamton women's tennis player to record her 70th career singles win. Heading into the Binghamton Invitational this coming weekend, fellow senior Lya Kushnirovich (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is in position to join her.

The Bearcats will face Albany and Colgate on Saturday and Sunday in a pair of non-scoring matches. Kushnirovich enters the weekend with a 68-25 record.

If her play at Bloomsburg is any indication, Kushnirovich has a solid chance at reach the 70-win mark at home this weekend. She swept all three of her matches in straight sets and won two out of three doubles contests.

Atinay, meanwhile, broke the school record three weeks ago with her landmark 70th singles win. Lisa Denerstein (1988-92) held the old record with 69 wins. Heading into the weekend, Altinay's career singles record stands at 70-19.

Binghamton won 26 of 33 total matches at Bloomsburg. In addition to Kushnirovich and Altinay, freshman Danyelle Shapiro (Boca Raton, Fla.) went unbeaten in singles play, sweeping all three of her matches.

"We started off the season with a lot of quality wins," head coach Mike Stevens said afterwards. "We still have work to do this year but it was the best we have looked at this tournament since I've been here (four years). Overall, I was very pleased."


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