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For Immediate Release: April 10, 2011
Contact: Kevin Solan (sports1@binghamton.edu)
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BU women's tennis registers historic triumph over Boston, 4-3
Santos tallies straight-set win to lead BU to its fourth straight win

QUEENS, N.Y. -- In a rematch of last year's America East title match, the Binghamton University women's tennis team (9-8) posted its fourth consecutive win with a 4-3 triumph over Boston University Sunday afternoon. The historic win was Binghamton's first over the Terriers in program history and marked Boston's first-ever loss in America East play dating back to the addition of women's tennis to the conference in 1989.

The two squads have faced each other in six of the last eight America East Championship matches. Sunday's dual match represented the first time the two programs squared off in the regular-season.

"I'm very pleased for the girls," head coach Libby McGovern said. "They know that this is a good win and that we still have things that we need to work on to reach our ultimate goal for the season. We will continue fine tuning our gameplans and focus in practice so that we are prepared to raise our intensity for the rest of the season. Hopefully this win will give us confidence going into the end of our season."

Senior Anna Edelman, who matched the program's all-time single-season wins record (30) against UMBC on Saturday, was unable to break Zeynep Altinay's feat in Sunday's dual match. The senior standout was held in check by former America East Rookie of the Year (2009) and Player of the Year (2010) Stefanie Nunic in a hard-fought three-set match at the top singles spot.

Senior Lauren Bates tallied her second consecutive victory since returning to the lineup from an injury last Sunday. Bates earned the decision as a result of Vivien Laszloffy retiring during the second set with an injury of her own. Classmate Yulia Smirnova rallied from a set-down to take the match over Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis with convincing wins in the second and third sets. Junior Jillian Santos cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win at fourth singles, while classmate Marina Bykovskaya prevailed in three sets over Jessi Linero.

"We all played and fought well, and know we have to stay focused for the rest of the season and conference play," the team said.

In doubles competition, the Terriers secured the point with wins at all three spots.

The Bearcats will conclude the regular-season with a doubleheader next Saturday against Hartford and Stony Brook from West Hartford, Conn.

Doubles

1. Stefanie Nunic/Vivien Laszloffy (Boston) def Anna Edelman/Lauren Bates (Binghamton) 8-5
2. Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis/Jessi Linero (Boston) def Jillian Santos/Yulia Smirnova (Binghamton) 8-3
3. Monika Mical/Vanessa Steiner (Boston) def Marina Bykovskaya/Emma Leibowicz (Binghamton) 8-6

Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

Singles

1. Stefanie Nunic (Boston) def Anna Edelman (Binghamton) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. Lauren Bates (Binghamton) def Vivien Laszloffy (Boston) 4-6, 0-1 (ret.)
3. Yulia Smirnova (Binghamton) def Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis (Boston) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
4. Jillian Santos (Binghamton) def Monika Mical (Boston) 6-4, 6-0
5. Marina Bykovskaya (Binghamton) def Jessi Linero (Boston) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
6. Amelia Martinez (Boston) def Emma Leibowicz (Binghamton) 6-2, 6-1

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

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