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For Immediate Release: September 20, 2009
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton women's tennis opens season at Cornell Fall Tennis Invitational

ITHACA, N.Y.--Junior Lauren Bates won the A Singles Consolation Bracket and sophomore Emma Leibowicz advanced to the finals of the B Singles Main Draw, highlighting Binghamton's performance at the season-opening Cornell Fall Women's Tennis Invitational this past weekend. There was no team scoring kept at the event.

Bates dropped her opening match in the main draw but reeled off four wins in the consolation bracket. She defeated sophomore teammate Marina Bykovskaya 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the finals on Sunday morning.

Leibowicz, meanwhile, won four consecutive B singles matches before losing 6-4, 6-1 to Susan Sullivan of Cornell in the finals.

In the B Doubles Main Draw, Leibowicz and Smirnova advanced to the finals. They were eventually defeated 8-2 by Geraldine Leong and Kristin Kohagen of Cornell.

As for the A Doubles matches, junior Yulia Smirnova and sophomore Basak Gone won the consolation finals. They beat Stephanie Brown and Samantha Innacker 8-2.

Binghamton returns to action at the Eastern Collegiate Championships Sept. 25-27. The event will be hosted by Army.

NOTES: Shapiro now has a career record of 62-20. She is now tied for eighth all-time in program history with Buffy Schneit (1990-94), who went 62-19 during her career ... Bates is now 50-10 all time in doubles matches. She continues to be ranked sixth in program history with career victory.


A FLIGHT SINGLES

FIRST ROUND
Yulia Smirnova (BING) def. Stephanie Brown (COLGATE) 6-1, 6-2
Jillian Santos (BING), Lauren Bates (BING) and Marina Bykovskaya (BING) all had first-round byes

SECOND ROUND
Sarah O'Neill (CORNELL) def. Jillian Santos (BING) 2-6, 6-1 (10-6)
Christine Ordway (CORNELL) def. Marina Bykovskaya (BING) 6-3, 6-2
Kristin Lim (CORNELL) def. Lauren Bates (BING) 7-6 (3), 4-6 (10-5)
Sinziana Chis (CORNELL) def. Yulia Smirnova (BING) 3-6, 6-3 (10-6)

A SINGLES CONSOLATION

FIRST ROUND
Marina Bykovskaya (BING) def. Stacy Reich (LEHIGH) 8-3
Lauren Bates (BING) def. Stephanie Brown (COLGATE) 8-2

SECOND ROUND
Jilian Santos (BING) def. Kathryn Keyes (ST BONAVENTURE) 9-8 (2)
Marina Bykovskaya (BING) def. Samantha Innacker (COLGATE) 8-1
Lauren Bates (BING) def. Maria Buereuse (ST BONAVENTURE) 8-1
Yulia Smirnova (BING) ef. Amanda Pakennel (ST BONAVENTURE) 8-4

SEMIFINALS
Marina Bykovskaya (BING) def. Jilian Santos (BING) 8-4
Lauren Bates (BING) def. Yulia Smirnova (BING) 8-1

FINALS
Lauren Bates (BING) def. Marina Bykovskaya (BING) 6-4, 7-6 (3)

B FLIGHT SINGLES

FIRST ROUND
Danyelle Shapiro (BING) def. Alexi Aberant (COLGATE) 6-0, 6-1
Emma Leibowicz (BING) and Basak Gone (BING) had first-round byes

SECOND ROUND
Danyelle Shapiro (BING) def. Leah Seyburn (CORNELL) 6-2, 6-4
Emma Leibowicz (BING) def. Jackie Stimmel (COLGATE) 6-1, 6-1
Basak Gone (BING) def. Izzy Briet (LEHIGH) 6-0, 6-0

THIRD ROUND
Danyelle Shapiro (BING) def. Patti Muething (LEHIGH) 6-0,6-0
Emma Leibowicz (BING) def. Geraldine Leong (CORNELL) 6-1, 6-1
Kristen Kohagen (CORNELL) def. Basak Gone (BING) 6-4, 6-3

SEMIFINALS
Emma Leibowicz (BING) def. Danyelle Shapiro (BING) 6-2, 6-1

FINALS
Susan Sullivan (CORNELL) def. Emma Leibowicz (BING) 6-4, 6-1

A FLIGHT DOUBLES

FIRST ROUND

Smirnova & Gone (BING) def. Reich & Muething (LEHIGH) 8-1
Santos & Bates had first-round bye

SECOND ROUND
Santos & Bates (BING) def. Brown & Inacker (COLGATE) 8-3
Kristin Lim & Siziana Chis (CORNELL) def. Smirnova & Gone (BING) 8-4

SEMIFINALS
O'Neill & Sullivan (CORNELL) def. Santos & Bates (BING) 8-4

A DOUBLES CONSOLATION

SEMIFINALS
Smirnova & Gone (BING) def. Arthofer & Pischell (LEHIGH) 8-2

FINALS
Smirnova & Gone (COLGATE) def. Brown & Inacker (COLGATE) 8-2

B FLIGHT DOUBLES

FIRST ROUND
Leibowicz & Bykovskaya (BING) def. Lamar & Bender (COLGATE) 8-2

SEMIFINALS
Leibowicz & Bykovakaya (BING) def. Seyburne & Ordway (CORNELL) 8-1

FINALS
Leong & Kohagen (CORNELL) def. Leibowitz & Bykovskaya (BING) 8-2

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