For Immediate Release: March 4, 2011
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Women's tennis rolls to 5-2 triumph over host Penn
Santos, Bykovskaya, and Leibowicz post a pair of victories for BU

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The Binghamton University women's tennis team (3-4) rolled to a 5-2 triumph over the University of Pennsylvania Quakers (5-5) in a dual match Friday evening. A trio of juniors -- Jillian Santos, Marina Bykovskaya, and Emma Leibowicz -- tallied a pair of victories to pace the Bearcats.

"Today we were able to put into matches what we've been practicing," head coach Libby McGovern said. "Our focus was a lot sharper and we were successful because of it."

BU captured the doubles point with wins at second and third doubles by senior Yulia Smirnova and Santos (8-3) along with the tandem of Bykovskaya and Leibowicz (8-2).

University of Pennsylvania's Connie Hsu, who is tabbed No. 12 in the ITA's national singles rankings with a sparkling 33-2 singles record this year, registered a straight-set victory over senior Anna Edelman at first singles. Smirnova fell next at third singles as BU suddenly trailed the match 2-1.

However, the Bearcats rattled off four consecutive wins to round out the singles competition and secure the team's third victory this season. BU rallied behind stellar performances from Santos, Bykovskaya and Leibowicz, who all won two matches on the day. Santos cruised to a 6-2, 6-4 win at second singles. Leibowicz posted the next victory with a straight-set decision at fifth singles. Bykovskaya and senior Lauren Bates each rallied for a pair of three-set wins.

The Bearcats are back in action Sunday for a dual match against Buffalo at 1 p.m.


1. Alexa Ely/Connie Hsu, (Penn) defeated Anna Edelman/Yagmur Gone, (BU) 8-3
2. Jillian Santos/Yulia Smirnova, (BU) defeated Jamie Yapp-Shing (Penn) 8-3
3. Marina Bykovskaya/Emma Leibowicz, (BU) defeated Stephanie Do/Emma Whitfield, (Penn) 8-2

Order of Finish: 3,2,1


1. No. 12 Connie Hsu, (Penn) defeated Anna Edelman (BU), 6-1, 6-2
2. Jillian Santos, (BU) defeated Alexa Ely, (Penn) 6-2, 6-4
3. Jaime Yapp-Shing, (Penn) defeated Yulia Smirnova (BU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Marina Bykovskaya, (BU) defeated Stephanie Do (Penn) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Emma Leibowicz, (BU) defeated Daniela DePaoli, (Penn) 7-5, 6-3
6. Lauren Bates, (BU) defeated Emma Whitfield (Penn), 5-7, 7-5, 6-4

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

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