For Immediate Release: March 4, 2006
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Binghamton women's tennis defeats Niagara 6-1 for third straight win

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Binghamton women's tennis team (4-3) heads into its spring break road trip with a good deal of momentum, having won 6-1 at Niagara (4-5) late Saturday night. The victory is the third straight for the Bearcats, who have won their last two matches (both on the road) by identical 6-1 scores.

"It was nice for us to get a road win against a solid team such as Niagara," head coach Mike Stevens said. "Everyone played good today and we are looking forward to our spring trip (next week) against some good competition."

Freshman Juliana Umeki (Mogidas Cruises, Brazil) improved to 10-1 in singles matches since joining the squad last month. She moved up to No. 2 in the singles lineup and defeated Julianne Prokopich 6-0, 6-1. Umeki has won all seven of her dual matches.

Junior Zeynep Altinay (Ankara, Turkey) won her second straight match at No. 1 singles, defeating Vanja Lakic 6-0, 6-1. She is now 15-6 on the season.

Junior Jelena Koprivica (Belgrade, Serbia) improved to 14-7 with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Jacquelyn Cary at No. 3 singles. Fellow junior Lya Kushnirovich (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is now 19-8 following a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Shella Dargout.

At No. 5 singles, sophomore Jenn Naegeli (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) won her third straight match with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kim Dobentz.

For the second week in a row, the Bearcats won all three doubles matches.

Binghamton begins its three-match spring road trip with a March 12 date at UNC-Asheville. The Bearcats will also square off at Coastal Carolina (March 15) and UNC Wilmington (March 16).


1. Zeynep Altinay (BING) def. Vanja Lakic (NU) 6-0, 6-1
2. Juliana Umeki (BING) def. Julianne Prokopich (NU) 6-0, 6-1
3. Jelena Koprivica (BING) def. Jacquelyn Cary (NU) 6-0, 6-3
4. Lya Kushnirovich (BING) def. Shella Dargout (NU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Jenn Naegeli (BING) def. Kim Dobentz (NU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Victoria Tiso (NU) def. Alex Sinclair (BING) 6-3, 6-3


1. Naegeli & Koprivica (BING) def. Grenier & Lakic (NU) 8-2
2. Umeki & Altinay (BING) def. Cary & Dargout (NU) 8-2
3. Balansundar & Kushnirovich (BING) def. Tiso & Dobentz (NU) 8-1


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