For Immediate Release: March 1, 2009
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Binghamton women's tennis edges Bucknell 6-2

OLEAN, N.Y.-- Sophomores Lauren Bates and Yulia Smirnova each won their singles and doubles matches, leading Binghamton (6-2) to a 4-3 win over Bucknell (5-3) in a non-conference women's tennis match on Sunday afternoon. The neutral site event was held at St. Bonaventure.

Bates won at second singles against Paulina Gamboa 6-0, 6-0. Earlier in the day, she joined freshman Emma Liebowitz at third doubles for an 8-2 win over Carlin Calcaterra and Lauren Rottkamp.

Also winning at fifth singles was freshman Marina Bykovskaya. Her 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory over Globerman was the clinching match for the Bearcats.

Binghamton opens up America East play next Saturday with a 10 a.m. match against Hartford. The Bearcats will also face Rhode Island at 4 p.m. that same day.

1. Tania Varela (BUCKNELL) def. Jillian Santos (BING) 6-3, 7-6 (8)
2. Lauren Bates (BING) def. Paulina Gamboa (BUCKNELL) 6-0, 6-0
3. Yulia Smirnova (BING) def. Lauren Lucido (BUCKNELL) 6-1, 6-4
4. Dumitrita Iepuras (BUCKNELL) def. Basak Gone (BING) 7-6 (9), 6-4
5. Marina Bykovskaya (BING) def. Ashley Globerman (BUCKNELL) 6-2, 7-6 (5)
6. Lauren Rottkamp (BUCKNELL) def. Danyelle Shapiro (BING) 6-2, 0-6, 10-4


1. Santos & Smirnova (BING) def. Varela & Globerman (BUCKNELL) 8-6
2. Gamboa & Lucido (BUCKNELL) def. Gone & Bykovskaya (BING) 8-2
3. Bates & Liebowicz (BING) def. Calcaterra & Rottkamp (BUCKNELL) 8-2

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