For Immediate Release: March 26, 2011
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Bearcats complete spring trip with 4-3 triumph over Richmond
Yulia Smirnova and Marina Bykovskaya register pair of wins

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Binghamton University women's tennis team (6-8) closed out its spring trip that featured five matches in six days with a 4-3 triumph over the host University of Richmond Spiders (9-5) Saturday evening. The Bearcats snapped Richmond's five-game winning streak to conclude the trip with a 2-3 mark.

In doubles play, Binghamton secured the early point with victories at second doubles from senior Yulia Smirnova and junior Jillian Santos along with an 8-1 win by juniors Marina Bykovskaya and Emma Leibowicz. The junior classmates avenged their only loss of the season against South Carolina State with the decisive outcome at third doubles, improving to 7-1 as teammates.

Senior Anna Edelman posted a three-set win at the top singles spot, raising her season singles record to 28-7, 10-4 in duals. The middle of the lineup helped secure the win for BU. Smirnova tallied a 7-5, 6-0 triumph at third singles, while Bykovskaya managed a straight-set win at the fourth slot to propel Binghamton to the decisive fourth point.

The Bearcats are back in action Sunday in the team's lone home match of the season against Fairleigh Dickinson at 1 p.m.


1. Sydney Grant/Joanna Matuszczyk (UR) def. Anna Edelman/Basak Gone 8-5
2. Jillian Santos/Yulia Smirnova (BU) def. Helen Cunningham/Isabel Arana (UR) 8-2
3. Marina Bykovskaya/Emma Leibowicz (BU) def. Alexandra Smyth/Elizabeth Sims (UR) 8-1


1. Anna Edelman (BU) def. Helen Cunningham (UR) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
2. Joanna Matuszczyk (UR) def. Jillian Santos (BU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Yulia Smirnova (BU) def. Sydney Grant (UR) 7-5, 6-0
4. Marina Bykovskaya (BU) def. Kelly Tidwell (UR) 6-3, 6-3
5. Alexandra Smyth (UR) def. Emma Leibowicz (BU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4
6. Elizabeth Sims (UR) def. Jennifer Fridman (BU) 6-4, 7-5

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