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For Immediate Release: September 27, 2009
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Smirnova and Bykovskaya advance to first doubles finals at Eastern Collegiate Women's Tennis Invitational

WEST POINT, N.Y.--Junior Yulia Smirnova and sophomore Marina Bykovskaya placed second in the first doubles main draw, highlighting the Binghamton women's tennis team's showing at the Eastern Collegiate Invitational. The three-day event, which had no team scoring, was hosted by Army and concluded on Sunday.

Smirnova and Bykovskaya defeated a pair of ranked opponents en route to a berth in Sunday's final. They knocked off top-seeded Monique Burton and Stephanie LaFortune of West Virginia 8-4 in the round of 16 and beat fifth-seeded Adrienne Markinson and Sarah Viebrock of Quinnipiac in the quarterfinals, 8-5.

In the finals, however, Smirnova and Bykovskaya were defeated by Candyce Boney and Maude Lecluyse of UMass 8-5.

Sophomore Basak Gone advanced to the semifinals at fourth singles. She too defeated a pair of seeded opponents. Gone beat No. 2 Salome Mkervalidize of Stony Brook 6-4, 6-2 in the second round and No. 7 Paige Ford of Army 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Gone's run ended with a 6-3, 6-3 loss to No. 6 Amanda Noble in the semifinals.

Junior Lauren Bates was the runner up in the first singles consolation bracket, losing 8-2 to Ira Aleksova of St. John's in the finals.

Also placing second was sophomore Emma Leibowicz in the third singles consolation bracket. She lost 8-6 to Julia Prantl of Fairleigh Dickinson in the finals.

Up next for Binghamton is the USTA National Tennis Center Invitational Oct. 10-12. The event will take place in Flushing, N.Y.

FIRST SINGLES

FIRST ROUND
Emily Lombardi (BOWDOIN) def. Lauren Bates (BING) 6-3, 6-4

FIRST SINGLES CONSOLATION

FIRST ROUND
Lauren Bates (BING) def. Kelly LoRusso (UCONN) 8-1

SECOND ROUND
Lauren Bates (BING) def. Maria Barousse (ST BONAVENTURE) 8-1

SEMIFINALS
Lauren Bates (BING) def. Samantha Innacker (COLGATE) 8-1

FINALS
Ira Aleksova (ST JOHN'S) def. Lauren Bates (BING) 8-2

SECOND SINGLES

FIRST ROUND
Jillian Santos (BING) def. Danielle Crill (SIENA) 6-1, 6-0

SECOND ROUND
Jillian Santos (BING) def. Lauren Rottenkemp (BUCKNELL) 6-4, 5-7, 10-8

THIRD ROUND
Julia Comas def. (UMASS) def. Jillian Santos (BING) 6-3, 6-2

DESIRE SINGLES

FIRST ROUND

Jillian Santos (BING) def. Rachel Cantor (QUINNIPIAC) 8-3

SEMIFINALS
Jillian Santos (BING) def. Christina Ordoway (CORNELL) 8-2

FINALS
Not played due to rain

THIRD SINGLES

FIRST ROUND
Emily Harman (SYRACUSE) def. Emma Leibowicz (BING) 3-6, 7-6 (4), 10-5

THIRD SINGLES CONSOLATION

FIRST ROUND
Emma Leibowicz (BING) def. Jurelle Mendoza (ARMY) 8-6

SECOND ROUND
Emma Leibowitz (BING) def. Linn Storgen (LONG ISLAND) 8-3

SEMIFINALS
Emma Leibowitz (BING) def. Shannon Benic (PITT) 8-6

FINALS
Julia Prantl (F. DICKINSON) def. Emma Leibowicz (BING) 8-

FOURTH SINGLES

FIRST ROUND
Basak Gone (BING) def. Elizabeth Harrington (SACRED HEART) 6-1, 6-3

SECOND ROUND
Basak Gone (BING) def. Salome Mkervalidize (STONY BROOK)

QUARTERFINALS
Basak Gone (BING) def. Paige Ford (ARMY) 6-1, 6-3

SEMIFINALS
Samantha Noble (DUQUESENE) def. Basak Gone (BING) 6-3, 6-3

FIRST DOUBLES

FIRST ROUND
Smirnova & Bykovskaya (BING) def. Burek & Maddock (PROVIDENCE) 8-0

SECOND ROUND
Smirnova & Bykovskaya (BING) def. Burton & LaFortune (WEST VIRGINIA) 8-4

QUARTERFINALS
Smirnova & Bykovskaya (BING) def. Markinson & Viebrock (QUINNIPIAC) 8-5

SEMIFINALS
Smirnova & Bykovskaya (BING) def. Conroy & O'Sullivan (DUQUESNE) 9-7

FINALS
Candyce Boney & Maude Lecluyse (UMASS) def. Marina Bykovskaya & Yulia Smirnova (BING) 8-5

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