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For Immediate Release: October 7, 2006
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton women's tennis defeats defending MAC champion Siena 6-1

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.- Playing in its first dual match of the 2006-07 season, the Binghamton women's tennis team gained a 6-1 road win over Siena on Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats swept all three doubles matches and captured five out of six singles matches against a squad that won the MAC title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season.

"We played very good today," head coach Mike Stevens said. "We had some injuries but the people who played really stepped up. Next week, we have some stiff competition (at the Cornell Invitational) so this was an important win for us against a very good Siena team."

In Binghamton's most dramatic win ove the day, sophomore Juliana Umeki (Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil) came from 5-2 down in the first set at No. 2 singles to defeat Taylor Barvotes 7-6, 6-3. She also joined junior Gayarthri Balasundar (Syosset, N.Y) at No. 3 doubles to defeat Karina Davis and Sugam Langer 8-3. Balasundar was also victorious at No. 6 singles, 6-2, 6-0 over Molly Scullin.

At No. 3 singles, freshman Erica Rosenblum (Albany, N.Y.) defeated Davis 6-2, 6-2. She was also triumphant at No. 1doubles with senior Zeynep Altinay (Ankara, Turkey), 8-1, against Barvotes and Julia Lebedev. Rosenblum is now 7-0 in doubles play this season.

Freshman Danyelle Shapiro (Boca Raton, Fla.) ran her singles record to 6-0 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Lebedev at the No. 4 position. She also teamed with junior Jenn Naegeli (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) at No. 2 doubles to defeat Sarah Mayer and Jessica Ferrara 8-3.

Binghamton heads to the Cornell Invitational Oct. 14-15.


SINGLES

1. Sarah Mayer (S) def. Zeynep Altinay (B) 6-4, 3-6, 10-4
2. Juliana Umeki (B) def. Taylor Barvotes (S) 7-6, 6-3
3. Erica Rosenblum (B) def. Karina Davis (S) 6-2, 6-2
4. Danyelle Shapiro (B) def. Julia Lebedev (S) 6-0, 6-1
5. Jenn Naegeli (B) def. Sugam Langer (S) 6-1, 6-1
6. Gayarthri Balasundar (B) def. Molly Scullin (S) 6-2, 6-0

DOUBLES

1. Altinay & Rosenblum (B) def. Barvotes & Lebedev (S) 8-1
2. Naegeli & Schapiro (B) def. Mayer & Ferrara (S) 8-3
3. Uemki & Balasundar (B) def. Davis and Langer (S) 8-3

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