Vloedgraven and Mannix Earn Weekly Accolades
Vloedgraven won both his singles matches to eclipse the century mark for career singles victories. The senior also went 1-1 at the top doubles spot. Vloedgraven posted straight-set wins over Harvard’s No. 1, 6-4, 6-0, and Yale’s top player, 6-3, 6-3, and raised his record to 20-7 overall, including 9-2 in duals. Vloedgraven, who is ranked No. 79 in the latest ITA rankings, earned his second Player of the Week nod of the spring. He is now 101-33 in his stellar four-year career.
Mannix, the lone senior on the UMBC squad, posted a 3-1 mark for the weekend with straight set singles victories in the No. 5 slot against conference foe Hartford and Temple. Mannix did not drop a game against the Hawks, posting a 6-0, 6-0 victory, and lost just three games in a 6-3, 6-0 win in her match against Temple. She also posted a win at No. 1 doubles with freshman Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany/Leibnizgymnasium) against Hartford. Mannix’s singles record stands at 7-5 this spring and she is 7-3 in doubles competition.
The University at Albany Great Danes (0-9) dropped two matches over the weekend. Albany fell to Fairfield, 5-2, on Saturday at home before losing a 6-1 decision at Hofstra on Sunday. Against the Stags, senior Laine Mackey (Leawood, Kan./Shawnee Mission) and junior Aubrey Brooks (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) each won their respective singles matches. Mackey posted a 6-2, 6-5 win over Kristen Liu at No. 2 singles, while Brooks defeated Fairfield’s Caroline Emhardt, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, at the No. 4 position. Senior Melissa Coughlin (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) recorded a 6-3 win in the second set of her match against Alyssa Ruiz, but Ruiz posted a 6-2 win in the first and a 10-8 victory in the third for the victory. Versus Hofstra, Mackey was the lone winner for the Great Danes, defeating Malissa Gilanchi, 6-2, 6-5, at No. 2 singles. Coughlin took Sonia Tsay to three sets after winning the first, 6-3, but Tsay earned 6-3 and 10-7 victories in the final two sets to claim the victory. Albany will return to action over the weekend, hosting conference foe Binghamton on Friday and Sacred Heart on Saturday.
The Binghamton University men (2-10) dropped two close matches over the weekend and have now lost six straight, including four by the narrow 4-3 score. The team has as many losses as the last two seasons combined. The Bearcats have struggled for consistency at the bottom of the lineup, where the team is a combined 3-32 in duals at the 4-6 positions. Senior Sven Vloedgraven (Lochem, Netherlands/Isendoorn College) won both his matches at No. 1 to go over the 100-win plateau for his career. Vloedgraven, ranked No. 79 in the nation by the ITA, is 101-33 for his career, including 20-7 this season. Senior No. 2 Arnav Jain (Mumbai, India/J.M.L. School) also went 2-0 to reach 90 wins for his career. Jain is a team-best 10-2 in duals this season (15-8 overall). The Bearcats return to the court for a match at Brown on March 18. The Bearcat women (3-5) did not compete last week. The women next play on the road against America East foe Albany on March 18.
The Boston University women’s (7-4) and men’s (3-3) tennis teams were idle last week. The women are on a spring-break road trip for matches against Buffalo and South Alabama in Miami before heading to Auburn and Georgia State. The men also head to Florida for break, squaring off against Western Illinois, Fairleigh Dickinson, Florida Tech, Bucknell and Puerto Rico – Mayaguez.
The University of Hartford women’s (1-3) and men’s (1-4) tennis teams earned their first victories of the spring season over the weekend when they picked up triumphs over Coppin State. The women earned a convincing, 7-0, decision while the men won, 6-1. On the women’s side, Hartford did not cede a single game to its Coppin State counterparts, winning 8-0 in two of three doubles matches (the third was defaulted by the Eagles) and 6-0, 6-0 in all six singles matches. For the men, the only loss came at No. 1 singles, while the Hawks cruised throughout the rest of the match. The victories came as part of a three-match trip to Baltimore, where the Hawks also faced America East rival UMBC over the weekend. Both teams fell to the Retrievers, 7-0. Hartford concludes its Baltimore trip on Tuesday with a visit uptown to Loyola (Md.). The match will be the last for the Hawks before a nine-day layoff, after which both teams visit Quinnipiac on March 24.
The UMBC women’s team (7-5) split a pair of home matches this weekend, blanking America East foe Hartford, 7-0, on Saturday, before dropping a 5-2 decision to Temple on Sunday. The Retrievers did not drop a set in the victory over the Hawks. The Nos. 2 and 3 doubles duos of sophomores Julia Gregara-Cano (Badajoz, Spain/Fresno State) and Kyri Hadji (West Sunshine, Aust./Westbourne Grammar) and sophomore Heidi Danielsson (Jonkoping, Sweden/Sanda) and freshman Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden/De La Gardiegymnasiet) each won their matches, 8-0. In singles play, no Retriever lost more than one game and Danielsson and senior Emily Mannix (Hillsborough, N.J/Hillsborough) each won, 6-0, 6-0, at Nos. 4 and 5 singles, respectively. Against the Owls, UMBC’s No. 1 doubles team of freshman Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany/Leibnizgymnasium) and junior Carmen Jackman (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) triumphed, 8-4, but Temple took the Nos. 2 and 3 matches with identical 8-2 margins. Mannix got UMBC on the board with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Lucie Pazderova at No. 5 singles. Mannix, the lone senior on the squad, is now a combined 14-8 this spring. Gregara-Cano won a three-setter, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, over Yana Mavrina at No. 3 singles, but tough losses at Nos. 1 and 2 singles prevented a Retriever rally. UMBC travels to Lehigh on Thursday, March 17 before heading for Florida for a pair of matches over spring break. On the men’s side, the Retrievers blanked America East foe Hartford, 7-0, in the first match of the year played at UMBC’s home courts. The Retrievers won for the third consecutive time and improved to 8-3 on the season. Senior Mwali Phiri (Yonkers, N.Y./Tyler JC) and junior Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz./North Canyon) combined to win at No. 1 doubles, besting the duo of Aneill Bhalla and Josh Isaacson, 8-3. Junior Cristian Hodel (Constanta, Romania/Boise State) spearheaded UMBC’s singles efforts by defeating Bhalla, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 1 singles. The Retrievers did not drop a set in singles. Junior Rasid Winklaar (Willemstad, Curacao/Abraham Baldwin) and sophomore Gaulthier Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France/Institute Deschamp) only dropped one game apiece at No. 2 and No. 4, respectively. Berret improved to a team-leading 8-1 in singles play this spring. Phiri triumphed, 6-2, 6-0, over Bogdan Nedelcu at No. 5 singles, and senior Shane Yap (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick) triumphed, 6-2, 6-0, over Edgardo Ureta. UMBC will compete at Howard on March 18, before heading to Florida for a pair of matches over spring break.
The Stony Brook University women’s team (6-3) played just one match this week, defeating Northern Iowa, 5-2, to snap a two-match losing streak. UNI won the doubles point but the Seawolves won five of the six singles matches to win the match. Sophomore Aylin Mehter (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) dropped just three games at No. 3 singles while senior Gayatri Krishnan (Chennai, India/National Inst. of Open Schooling) won, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 5 singles. Sophomore Nini Lagvilava (Tbilisi, Georgia/Number 29) and junior Prerana Appineni (Hyderabad, India/Vasavi Public) each won in three sets at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. The women are now off until March 29, when they host Fairleigh Dickinson. The men (3-6) did not play last week and are off to until April 1, when they host St. John’s at University courts.