For Immediate Release: April 10, 2006
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Binghamton women's tennis sweeps Stony Brook 7-0 for third straight conference win


VESTAL, N.Y.--Playing its second America East Conference match in three days, the Binghamton women's tennis team (7-5, 3-0 AE) swept visiting Stony Brook (6-6, 0-2 AE) 7-0 on the West Gym Courts Monday afternoon. The win marks the third straight triumph for the Bearcats.

"Everyone played great from the top to bottom of our lineup," head coach Mike Stevens said. "Stony Brook is a tough team in our conference so it was a very good win for us."

Junior Lya Kushnirovich (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman Nicole Scarangella (Massapequa, N.Y.) won at No. 3 doubles for the third match in a row, defeating the tandem of Monica Myers and Victoria Vovsha 8-2. In addition, Kushnirovich won her third straight match at No. 4 singles, beating Myers 6-0, 6-0. Scarangella, meanwhile, was victorious over Vovsha at No. 6 singles 6-4, 7-5, marking her third straight victory.

At the top of the lineup, freshman Juliana Umeki (Mogi des Cruises, Brazil) and junior Zeynep Altinay won at No. 2 doubles over Erica Federgreen and Victoria Vasile 8-1. Umeki went on to defeat Sandy Wijerante 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1 singles while Altinay was triumphant over Hana Chovanova at No. 2 singles 6-3, 4-6, 10-4.

Junior Jelena Koprivica (Belgrade, Serbia) and sophomore Jenn Naegeli (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) won at No. 1 doubles over Wijerante and Chovanova 8-5. Koprivica also defeated Federgreen at No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-1 while Naegeli took a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Vasile at No. 5 singles.

Binghamton hosts Fairleigh Dickinson next Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

NOTES: Altinay now has 65 career singles wins while Kushnirovich has won 62 times. The school record of 69 triumphs is held by Lisa Denerstein (1988-92) ... Umeki is now 14-2 since joining the squad in Janaury.


1. Julianna Umeki (BING) def. Sandy Wijerante (SB) 6-3, 6-0
2. Zeynep Altinay (BING) def. Hana Chovanova (SB) 6-3, 4-6, 10-4
3. Jelena Koprivica (BING) def. Erica Federgreen (SB) 6-2, 6-1
4. Lya Kushnirovich (BING) def. Monica Myers (SB) 6-0, 6-0
5. Jenn Naegeli (BING) def. Victoria Vasile (SB) 6-3, 6-2
6. Nicole Scarangella (BING) def. Victoria Vovsha (SB) 6-4, 7-5


1. Naegeli & Koprivica (BING) def. Wijerante & Chovanova (SB) 8-5
2. Umeki & Altinay (BING) def. Federgreen & Vasile (SB) 8-1
3. Kushnirovich & Scarangella (BING) def. Myers & Vovsha (SB) 8-2

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