Release: April 3, 2011
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women's tennis posts 4-3 victory over FDU in lone home match
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,
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