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For Immediate Release: January 28, 2007
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Balasundar and Shapiro excel at Cornell Winter Women's Tennis Invitational

ITHACA, N.Y.-- Junior Gayarthri Balasundar (Syosset, N.Y.) won the D Singles Flight and freshman Danyelle Shapiro (Boca Raton, Fla.) captured a pair of consolation titles, highlighting the Binghamton women's tennis team's performance at the Cornell Winter Invitational. There was no team scoring kept at the three-day event.

Balasundar defeated Camille Simonetti of Bucknell in the D Flight semifinals 4-6, 6-4, 10-3. She then went on to beat Caitlin Baffa of Bucknell 6-2, 6-1 in the finals.

Shapiro, meanwhile, bounced back from an opening loss in the C Singles Flight with a pair of victories.
She swept Kirstyn Sotak of Bucknell 6-1, 6-2 in the consolation semifinals and went on to defeat Bridie Burke of Army 6-4, 6-3 in the finals.

In doubles play, Shapiro and sophomore Juliana Umeki (Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil) won the B Doubles consolation finals 8-6 against Nisha Suda and Ashley Ebbert of Cornell.

Elsewhere, senior Zeynep Altinay (Ankara, Turkey) advanced to the A Singles consolation finals but was defeated 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 by Columbia's Anglea Henry. She also advanced to the A Doubles consolation finals with freshman Erica Rosenblum (Albany, N.Y.) but Columbia's tandem of Nina Suda and Carling Donovan won the finale 8-6.

Binghamton opens up the dual match portion of its schedule next Saturday against Seton Hall at 9 a.m.

COMPLETE RESULTS

A DOUBLES

First Round


Hendry & Varriet (COLUMBIA) def. Altinay & Rosenblum (BING) 8-6
Kushnirovich & Nageli (BING) def. Gamboa and Calcaterra (BUCK) 8-2

Second Round

Kushnirovich & Naegeli (BUCK) def. Miller & Duboc (CORNELL) 8-4

Third Round

Kerashima & Clermont (TEMPLE) def. Kushnirovich & Naegeli (BING) 8-2

Consolation Semifinals

Altinay & Rosenblum (BING) def. Globerman & Lipiec (BUCKNELL) 8-2

Consolation Finals

Suda & Donovan (COLUMBIA) def. Altinay & Rosenblum (BING) 8-6

B DOUBLES

First Round

Pattabi & Rukavyshnykova (TEMPLE) def. Umeki & Shapiro (BING) 8-4
Sullivan & Velera (CORNELL) def. Balasundar & Kucko (BING) 8-0

Consolation Semifinals

Grossman & Velera (BUCKNELL) def. Balasundar & Kucko (BING) 8-5
Umeki & Shapiro (BING) def. Sotak & Weissend (BUCKNELL) 8-4

Consolaton Finals

Umeki & Shapiro (BING) def. Suda & Ebbert (CORNELL) 8-6

A SINGLES

First Round


Yuri Kurashima (TEMPLE) def. Zeynep Altinay (BING) 4-6, 6-3, 10-7
Sydney Murray (COLUMBIA) def. Juliana Umeki (BING) 6-4, 6-4
Dinah Senkina (TEMPLE) def. Lya Kushnirovich (BING) 6-3, 6-3

Consolation First Round

Zeynep Altinay (BING) def. Paulina Gamboa (BUCKNELL) 6-3, 6-0
Juliana Umeki (BING) def. Sarah Giles-Madden (ARMY) 7-5, 7-5

Consolation Semifinals

Zeynep Altinay (BING) def. Lya Kushnirovich (BING) 6-0, 6-0
Angela Hendry (COLUMBIA) def. Juliana Umeki (BING) 6-1, 6-1

Consolation Finals

Angela Hendry (COLUMBIA) def. Zeynep Altinay (BING) 2-6, 6-3, 10-7


B SINGLES

First Round

Brooke Jones (ARMY) def. Jen Naegeli (BING) 2-6, 6-4 10-8
Erica Rosenblum (BING) def. Kristin Beehler (ARMY) 7-6 (4), 6-4


Second Round

Nina Souda (COLUMBIA) def. Erica Rosenblum (BING) 6-3, 7-6

Consolation First Round

Jen Naegeli (BING) def. Renee Weissend (BUCKNELL) 6-1, 6-2

Consolation Semifinals

Carling Donovan (COLUMBIA) def. Jen Naegeli (BING) 6-0, 6-0

C SINGLES

First Round


Felica Frazier (TEMPLE) def. Danyelle Shapiro (BING) 6-4, 7-5

Consolation Semifinals

Danyelle Shapiro (BING) def. Kirstyn Sotak (BUCKNELL) 6-1, 6-2

Consolation Finals

Danyelle Shapiro (BIBG) def. Bridie Burke (ARMY) 6-4, 6-3

D SINGLES

First Round


Caitlin Baffa (BUCKNELL) def. Jen Kucko (BING) 6-3, 6-3
Gayarthri Balasundar (BING) def. Camille Simonetti (BUCKNELL) 4-6, 6-4, 10-3

Finals

Gayarthri Balasundar (BING) def. Caitlin Baffa (BUCKNELL) 6-2, 6-1

Consolation Finals

Linnae Goswami (COLUMBIA) def. Jen Kucko (BING) 6-2, 6-3

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