a year of Division I experience under its belt, the Binghamton
womens tennis team is determined to continue its climb
in the America East Conference. Last season, under the leadership
of head coach Jamie Campbell, the Bearcats finished the season
with a 12-11 dual match record and placed third at the America
East Tournament. While the first season on the Division I level
was a success, the squad has loftier goals for this season.
Our goal is to finish in the top two in the conference,
Campbell said. There are a lot of teams in the conference
who will be fighting to finish that high. We know well
have to play well to reach our goal.
A pair of veterans anchor the Bearcats lineup this season.
Junior Janine Sadaka and senior Amy Weissberg were both among
the top players last season.
Sadaka, this seasons top returnee, went 16-14 last season
while spliting time at the top two singles spots.
Janine has good on-court shot selection, Campbell
said. She has improved a lot this past year. We are looking
for her to be a leader both on and off the court.
Weissberg, who split time at the third, fourth and fifth singles
flights, had a team-best 20-10 record last season.
Amys serve has become a weapon, Campbell said.
She should continue to improve this season and is a great
leader on the team.
The top newcomer on the team is freshman Justina Hakima, who
concluded a stellar career at Herricks High School in Manhasset,
N.Y. She won the Nassau County title last season and has been
named all-state twice.
Justina will help the team right away, Campbell said.
Her intensity on the court is very high. She is a fighter
and has a great serve.
Other returnees who were among the top six singles players are
senior Kristin Jobe, junior Erin Monaco and sophomore Alexis
Brill. After transferring from Lee Community College in Texas,
Jobe played the majority of last year at number three singles.
Monaco, who finished with a 12-11 record, played most of the
season at the sixth singles position. Brill went 17-12 and spent
much of the season at the fourth singles spot.
In doubles action, the top returnees are Weissberg, who played
at the first flight 17 times, and Jobe, who was at second doubles
16 times. Sophomore Amy Linda also returns, having attained a
record of 15-13 while playing primarily at second doubles. In
addition, Monaco was at third doubles 18 times last season.
Other newcomers to this years squad are sophomores Jonali
Dutta, who played first singles for Oswego College last season,
and Olga Lipatova. Junior Fernanda Dela Roca also begins her
first year on the squad.
playing primarily in tournaments during the fall, Binghamton
has a dual match schedule in the spring. Included among the dual
matches are head-to-head meetings against each of the America
East Conference schools. The conference tournament is scheduled
for April 25-27 and will be played at the Connecticut Tennis
Center in New Haven, Conn.