For Immediate Release: March 16, 2006
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Binghamton women's tennis defeated at UNC-Wilmington 5-2

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- For the second time in as many days, the Binghamton women's tennis team (4-5) ran up against a tough opponent, falling to UNC-Wilmington (10-1) in a non-conference match on Thursday afternoon. Including yesterday's match at Coastal Carolina, the Bearcats' two opponents on their spring trip have a combined record of 24-1.

Freshman Juliana Umeki (Mogidas Cruises, Brazil) moved to the No. 1 spot in the singles lineup and defeated Lindsey Hess 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. She improved to 12-1 in singles matches since joining the squad last month and has won all nine of her dual matches.

"Juliana had a great match," head coach Mike Stevens said. "She fought hard and was especially good in the third set."

Junior Zeynep Altinay (Ankara, Turkey) was also victorious for Binghamton, winning at No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-2 over Lauren Isenhour. UNC-Wilmington, however, swept the remaining four singles matches, all in straight sets.

"We struggled in the lower part of our lineup," Stevens said. "But UNC-Wilmington is having a great year. Their one loss was to NC State."

In doubles action, Umeki and Altinay took down Isenhour and Katie Carlson at the No. 2 slot, 8-2. The Bearcats had match point at No. 1 doubles but the team of Hess and Molly Molony rallied to defeat the tandem of junior Jelena Koprivica (Belgrade, Serbia) and sophomore Jenn Naegeli (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) 9-8 (2). The Seahawks also won at No. 3 doubles to take the point.

Binghamton returns home to face Hartford on Sunday, April 2 at 11 a.m.


1. Juliana Umeki (BING) def. Lindsey Hess (UNCW) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
2. Zeynep Altinay (BING) def. Lauren Isenhour (UNCW) 6-0, 6-2
3. Molly Molony (UNCW) def. Lya Kushnirovich (BING) 6-3, 6-4
4. Kristin Mears (UNCW) def. Jelena Koprivica (BING) 6-2, 6-4
5. Cassie Martin (UNCW) def. Jenn Naegeli (BING) 6-1, 6-0
6. Katie Carlson (UNCW) def. Gayarthri Balasundar (BING) 6-2, 6-1


1. Hess & Moloney (UNCW) def. Naegeli & Koprivica (BING) 9-8 (2)
2. Umeki & Altinay (BING) def. Isenhour & Carlson (UNCW) 8-2
3. Mears & Martin def. Balansundar & Kushnirovich (BING) 8-4

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