For Immediate Release: March 20, 2011
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Bearcats beaten by Old Dominion 6-1
Senior Anna Edelman was a straight-set winner at first singles

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Binghamton University women's tennis team (4-6) suffered a 6-1 setback to Old Dominion University in a dual match Sunday afternoon. As part of the team's spring trip that features five matches in six days, this afternoon's competition was BU's first outdoor dual match of 2011.

"We battled well in our first outdoor dual match of the season," head coach Libby McGovern said. " We need to continue to work on being more disciplined and focused during our matches."

The Lady Monarchs were victorious at first and second doubles en route to securing the match's first point. Despite a few close three-set matches in the singles portion, ODU prevailed in five of the six matches to account for the 6-1 final.

Senior Anna Edelman captured BU's lone point at first singles with a 6-1, 6-2 decision. Junior Jillian Santos lost at second singles for the first time in over three weeks. Senior Yulia Smirnova and junior Emma Leibowicz each forced a third set but failed to complete the comeback at third and fifth singles, respectively. Leibowicz teamed with classmate Marina Bykovskaya for an 8-4 triumph at third doubles.

The Bearcats are back in action Monday against Virginia State in a 1 p.m. dual match.


1. Joanna Dobrowolska/Melissa Esnal Olguin (ODU) def Anna Edelman/Basak Gone (BU) 8-4
2. Diana Ivanova/Juliana Pires (ODU) def Jillian Santos/Yulia Smirnova (BU) 8-7 (7-3)
3. Marina Bykovskaya/Emma Leibowicz (BU) def Arina Alilueva/Margarita Belyakova (ODU) 8-4

Order of finish: 1, 3, 2


1. Anna Edelman (BU) def Joanna Dobrowolska (ODU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Diana Ivanova (ODU) def Jillian Santos (BU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Melissa Esnal Olguin (ODU) def Yulia Smirnova (BU) 6-4, 1-6, 10-5
4. Juliana Pires (ODU) def Marina Bykovskaya (BU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Margarita Belyakova (ODU) def Emma Leibowicz (BU) 6-3, 6-7, 10-7
6. Nika Khmolovska (ODU) def Jennifer Fridman (BU) 6-2, 6-0

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

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