For Immediate Release: April 3, 2011
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BU women's tennis posts 4-3 victory over FDU in lone home match of season
Strong production from Nos. 4-6 singles propels Binghamton

VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton University women's tennis team (7-8) earned a hard-fought 4-3 win over Fairleigh Dickinson (6-10) in a dual match Sunday afternoon. The contest was the team's only home match of the season.

"For the most part, we played very steady today," head coach Libby McGovern said. "At times we showcased moments of brilliance out there. However, we still need to focus on becoming more aware of the score, point situations and the high-percentage play. Next weekend we will face two very good teams in UMBC and Boston, which means we will have to consistently play at a high level throughout the match."

The Knights captured the doubles point with triumphs at first and second doubles, but the host squad responded with four impressive showings in singles play to account for the 4-3 final.

Senior Anna Edelman breezed to a 6-2, 6-1 win at the top singles spot, raising her season singles record to 29-7, 11-4 in duals.

Junior Jillian Santos fell in straight sets to FDU's Julie Prantl at second singles. From there, the Bearcats rattled off three straight wins on the strength of stellar play from the bottom of the lineup. Juniors Emma Leibowicz and Marina Bykovskaya registered straight-set victories at sixth and fifth singles, respectively. Senior Yulia Smirnova added a three-set victory at fourth singles to secure the win.

Senior Lauren Bates returned to the lineup for her first match since March 4. She notched a competitive showing at third singles, falling in a third-set tiebreak.

The Bearcats are back in action Saturday against UMBC at 10 a.m. The following day, Binghamton will meet Boston University, who has won the America East Tournament 16 straight times.


1. Elmine Botes/Irina Dementyeva (FDU) def. Anna Edelman/Basak Gone (BU) 8-6
2. Julie Prantl/Egzona Morina (FDU) def. Jillian Santos/Yulia Smirnova (BU) def. 8-4
3. Marina Bykovskaya/Emma Leibowicz (BU) def. Manuela Leme/Dzana Ferhatbegovic (FDU) 8-6

Order of finish: 2, 3, 1


1. Anna Edelman (BU) def. Elmine Botes (FDU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Julie Prantl (FDU) def. Jillian Santos (BU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Irina Dementyeva (FDU) def. Lauren Bates (BU) 4-6, 6-4, 10-8
4. Yulia Smirnova (BU) def. Egzona Morina (FDU) 6-5, 4-6, 6-1
5. Marina Bykovskaya (BU) def. Manuela Leme (FDU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Emma Leibowicz (BU) def. Emily Napier (FDU) 6-0, 6-4

Order of finish: 1, 2, 6, 5, 4, 3

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