For Immediate Release: April 17, 2004
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: 607-777-6478

Bearcats win fourth straight match, blanking Hartford 7-0

VESTAL, N.Y.. - The Binghamton women's tennis team (4-10, 4-2 AE) won its fourth consecutive match on Saturday, defeating Hartford (1-11, 1-4 AE) 7-0 at the West Gym Tennis Courts. With the victory, the Bearcats concluded the regular season in a tie for third place in the America East Conference. The America East Conference Tournament will be held April 30-May 2 at the Connecticut Tennis Center.

Freshman Melis Altinay (Antalya, Turkey) won at first singles for the eighth time in a row, defeated Ani Mora 6-1, 6-0. She raised her record on the season to 16-7. At second singles, fellow freshman Lya Kushnirovich (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won 6-0, 6-0 over Halley Werner. Playing in her final home match of her career, senior Janine Sadaka (Great Neck, N.Y.) won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles. Also winning their matches were freshman Vera Popova (Brooklyn, N.Y.) at fourth singles and sophomore Sherri Stern (Commack, N.Y.) at fifth singles. Binghamton won at sixth singles by default.

Kushnirovich and Sadaka won at first doubles, 8-1, while Altinay and Stern recorded an 8-0 win at second doubles. Binghamton won by default at third doubles.

Binghamton 7, Hartford 0

1. Melis Altinay (B) def. Ani Mora (H) 6-1, 6-0
2. Lya Kushnirovich (B) def. Halley Werner (H) 6-0, 6-0
3. Janine Sadaka (B) def. Amanda Lipsky (H) 6-0, 6-1
4. Vera Popova (B) def. Tara Siegel (H) 6-2, 6-2
5. Sherri Stern (B) def. Jen Surpris (H) 6-0, 6-1
6. Lauren Freel (BU) won by default

1. Kushnirovich/Sadaka (B) def. Mora/Siegel (H) 8-1
2. AltinayStern (BU) def. Werner/Lipsky (H) 8-0
3. Popova/Freel (BU) won by forfeit



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