For Immediate Release: April 5, 2008
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Binghamton women's tennis beats Hartford 7-0

VESTAL, N.Y.- Binghamton (8-5) defeated Hartford (0-6) 7-0 in an America East Conference women's tennis match on Saturday morning at the Events Center. The win is the Bearcats seventh in their last eight matches.

The freshman tandem of Anna Edelman (Great Neck, N.Y.) and Lauren Bates (Buffalo, N.Y.) continued their outstanding play in both singles and doubles action. The pair teamed up for an 8-0 win at first doubles over Kasey Michels and Nicole Haynal. Edelman later defeated Michels 6-0, 6-0 at first singles while Bates downed Haynal 6-0, 6-0 at second singles.

Edelman and Bates are now 21-3 at No. 1 doubles. The freshman duo is currently ranked No. 15 in the ITA East Region. Bates also improves to 21-4 in singles play.

At second doubles, sophomore Erica Rosenblum (Albany, N.Y.) and senior Gayarthri Balasundar (Syosset, N.Y.) beat Jessica Ruggles and Michelle Tafur 8-0. Rosenblum went on to defeat Tafur 6-1, 6-0 at fifth singles while Balasundar was triumphant over Guley Ozdemir 6-1, 6-0 at sixth singles.

Freshman Yulia Smirnova (Moscow, Russia) and sophomore Danyelle Shapiro (Boca Raton, Fla.) won 8-1 at third doubles against Hali Dorfman and Ozdemir. Smirnova also won at third singles, beating Dorfman 6-0, 6-0. Shapiro, meanwhile, won 6-0, 6-0 against Ruggles at fourth singles.

Binghamton hosts Quinnipiac on Sunday at 11 a.m. on the West Gym Courts.


1. Anna Edelman (B) def. Kasey Michels (H) 6-0, 6-0
2. Lauren Bates (B) def. Nicole Haynal (H) 6-0, 6-0
3. Yulia Smirnova (B) def. Hali Dorfman (H) 6-0, 6-0
4. Danyelle Shapiro (B) def. Jessica Ruggles (H) 6-0, 6-0
5. Erica Rosenblum (B) def. Michelle Tafur (H) 6-1, 6-0
6. Gayathri Balasundar (B) def. Gulay Ozdemir (H) 6-1, 6-0


1. Edelman & Bates (B) def. Michels & Haynal (H) 8-0
2. Rosenblum & Balasundar (B) def. Ruggles and Tafur (H) 8-0
3. Smirnova & Shapiro (B) def. Dorfman & Ozdemir (H) 8-1

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