For Immediate Release: April 8, 2006
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Binghamton women's tennis defeats UMBC 5-2

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Junior Lya Kushnirovich (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman Nicole Scarangella (Massapequa, N.Y.) won at No. 3 doubles and each captured their singles matches, leading the Binghamton women's tennis team (6-5, 2-0 AE) to a 5-2 win over UMBC (2-8, 0-1 AE) in an America East Conference dual match on Saturday in the Events Center. The victory marked the Bearcats' second straight win.

"The middle and lower parts of our lineup played very well today," head coach Mike Stevens said. "It was good to see those players come through when we needed them."

In doubles play, Kushnirovich and Scarangella defeated Pascaline Cette and Emily Portner 8-2. Binghamton clinched the doubles point at No. 2 where freshman Juliana Umeki (Mogi des Cruises, Brazil) and junior Zeynep Altinay (Ankara, Turkey) defeated Joy Adewumi and Elizabeth Anderson 8-0.

At No. 4 singles, Kushnirovich led off with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Anderson. She was followed at No. 3 singles by junior Jelena Koprivica (Belgrade, Serbia), who defeated Adewumi 6-3, 6-3.

UMBC won the next two completed matches to close the score to 3-2. At No. 1, Ale Pedergnana defeated Umeki 7-5, 6-3. The loss snapped Umeki's 10-match win streak in dual competition. Cornelia Carapcea won at No. 2 over Altinay 6-3, 7-5. Earlier in the day, Pedergnana and Carapcea won 8-2 at No. 1 doubles.

Sophomore Jenn Naegeli (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) clinched the match for Binghamton with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 5 over Cette. Scarangella finished up at No. 6 with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Debbie Lin.

Binghamton hosts Stony Brook on Monday at 2 p.m.


1. Ale Pedergnana (UMBC) def. Julianna Umeki (BING) 7-5, 6-3
2. Cornelia Carapcea (UMBC) def. Zeynep Altinay (BING) 6-3, 7-5
3. Jelena Koprivica (BING) def. Joy Adewumi (UMBC) 6-3, 6-3
4. Lya Kushnirovich (BING) def. Elizabeth Anderson (UMBC) 6-1, 6-2
5. Jenn Naegeli (BING) def. Pacaline Cette (UMBC) 6-3, 6-2
6. Nicole Scarangella (BING) def. Debbie Lin (UMBC) 6-2, 6-0


1. Pendergnana & Carapcea (UMBC) def. Naegeli & Koprivica (BING) 8-2
2. Umeki & Altinay (BING) def. Adewumi & Anderson (UMBC) 8-0
3. Kushnirovich & Scarangella (BING) def. Cette & Portner (UMBC) 8-2

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