For Immediate Release: February 10, 2006
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Binghamton women's tennis defeats Colgate 5-2, improves to 4-0 in dual matches

BINGHAMTON, N.Y.-- Host Binghamton (4-0) continued its impressive start in dual matches this season, defeating Colgate (2-1) 5-2 at the Binghamton Tennis Center late Saturday evening. The Bearcats are off to their best start in dual matches since moving up to the NCAA Division I level five years ago.

Binghamton swept the three doubles matches and went on to win four out of six singles matches. In their four dual events this season, the Bearcats are 11-1 in doubles matches.

The win was the Bearcats' first against the Red Raiders in three tries. Although the Bearcats won by forfeit in 2005, they lost 5-2 in both 2003 and 2004.

Senior Zeynep Altinay (Ankara, Turkey) won her school-record 77th career singles match, defeating Jackie Couture 6-0, 6-2 at first singles. She is now 77-25 all time. In doubles play, Altinay and freshman Erica Rosenblum (Albany, N.Y.) defeated the team of Cameron Thaney and Samantha Inacker 8-4 at second doubles. Rosenblum also defeated Inacker 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.

Senior Lya Kushnirovich (Brooklyn, N.Y.) defeated Lauren Levy 6-0, 6-2 at third singles, running her career record to 75-28. She also teamed up with sophomore Juliana Umeki (Mogi de Cruises, Brazil) to defeat Couture and Elise DeRose at first doubles.

Freshman Danyelle Shapiro (Boca Raton, Fla.) won for the fourth time in as many dual matches, defeating Lindsay Grossman 6-0, 6-4 at fifth singles. She is now 13-1 this season in singles play. Shapiro and senior Jenn Naegeli (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) defeated Erin Fenn and Cameron Williams at third doubles.


1. Zeynep Altinay (B) def. Jackie Couture (C) 6-0, 6-2
2. Elise Derose (C) def. Juliana Umeki (B) 6-4, 7-5
3. Lya Kushnirovich (B) def. Lauren Levy (C) 6-0, 6-2
4. Erica Rosenblum (B) def. Samantha Inacker (C) 6-2, 6-2
5. Danyelle Shapiro (B) def. Lindsay Grossman (C) 6-0, 6-4
6. Cameron Thaney (C) def. Gayarthri Balasundar (B) 1-6, 6-4, 10-6


1. Kushnirovich & Umeki (B) def. Couture & Derose (C) 8-3
2. Altinay & Rosenblum (B) def. Thaney & Inacker (C) 8-4
3. Shapiro & Naegeli (B) def. Fenn & Williams (C) 8-4


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