Bearcats Sweep America East Weekly Tennis Honors for Second Straight Week

Release: 04/14/2010
Courtesy: America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Binghamton University sophomore Gilbert Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesan Boys School) went a perfect 6-0 in both singles and doubles combined to capture the male Tennis Player of the Week award and help the Bearcat men improve to 22-1 on the season. Bearcat junior Lauren Bates (Buffalo, N.Y./Kenmore West) also went undefeated over the week, leading the Binghamton women to their fifth straight win to capture the female Player of the Week honor for the week ending April 13.

Wong captured four straight-set singles victories and two doubles wins to help the Bearcats extend their win streak to 17 matches. With singles victories over UMBC, FDU, Boston University and Temple, Wong improves to 20-1 in dual matches. He also posted doubles victories over conference rival UMBC and FDU at the No. 1 doubles position to improve to 18-4 in dual matches. This is Wong’s third weekly honor of the season.

Bates also earns her third weekly award of the season after posting two singles victories over UMBC and Temple to become just the third player in Binghamton’s history to reach 70 career singles wins. Her current career record in singles is 70-26. After sweeping both doubles matches at the No. 2 spot over the weekend, Bates improves her career doubles record to 64-19. The Bearcat women are now 12-2 on the season.

The Bearcat men continue to climb the rankings, moving up from 52nd to 43rd. Bearcat junior Anna Edelman (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck North) remains nationally ranked in singles, but falls from 108th to 123rd.

Albany – The Great Danes rebounded from their four match losing streak with a win over Manhattan, 7-0, on April 10. Albany began the match with a sweep of doubles. Juniors Livia Gherman (Zalau Salaj, Romania/Washington State/Colegiul National Silvania) and Laine Mackey (Leawood, Kan./Shawnee Mission) didn’t drop a game, winning 8-0 at the top doubles spot. Both Gherman and Mackey then captured singles wins at the No. 1 and 3 positions while freshman Sarah Iannone (North Vancouver, British Columbia/Seycove Secondary School) didn’t lose a game at the No. 6 singles slot in the Great Danes’ sweep of Manhattan. Albany hosts conference rival Binghamton today (April 14).

Binghamton – The Bearcat men extended their win streak to 17 matches over the week with wins over UMBC, 6-1, FDU, 7-0, Boston University, 7-0 and Temple, 6-1. Binghamton is now 22-1 on the season, breaking the program record for most wins in a season set by the 2004-05 team that won 21 matches. Against conference rival UMBC on Saturday, the Bearcats claimed the doubles point with victories in the top two spots. The squad then dropped only one match, losing at the No. 5 singles spot. In their second match of the day, the Bearcats again took the doubles point. Junior Sven Vloedgraven (Lochem, Netherlands/Isendoorn College) and sophomore partner Gilbert Wong didn’t drop a game as they won, 8-0, at No. 1 doubles. Vloedgraven and Wong then posted singles wins at the No. 1 and 3 positions, respectively, as the Bearcats downed FDU, 7-0. On Sunday, the squad faced the Terriers and didn’t lose a match. Binghamton then played Temple and the team again swept all three doubles matches. Vloedgraven, Wong and senior Moshe Levy (Ra’ananna, Israel/De-Cart) remained undefeated in singles and doubles over the weekend as all three captured singles victories in the top three positions to lead the Bearcats over Temple. Binghamton next hosts conference rivals Stony Brook and Hartford in the team’s final regular season matches on April 17. The Binghamton women captured two wins over the weekend first defeating UMBC, 5-2, before downing Temple, 6-1. The Bearcats swept the doubles point against the Retrievers and then fought to capture four out of six singles matches. Junior Lauren Bates and sophomore Marina Bykovskaya (Saratov, Russia/Secondary School 8) each posted straight set victories at the No. 1 and 5 positions, respectively, while juniors Anna Edelman and Yulia Smirnova (Moscow, Russia./Secondary School 1574) pulled out three-set wins to clinch the match for Binghamton. On Sunday against Temple, the women again swept the doubles point before claiming five out of six singles matches.  The Bearcat women take on Albany today (April 14).

Boston U. – The Terrier women bounced back from three straight losses to claim a 5-2 win over UMass on Saturday. Senior captain Francine Whu (Staten Island, N.Y./Staten Island Technical) and sophomore partner Monkia Mical (Stalowa Wola, Poland/Penn State) pulled out a close 8-7 (5) win over the Minutewomen at No. 2 doubles to complete the Terrier sweep of doubles. Mical then pulled out a three-set victory at the No. 5 singles spot to clinch the match for Boston U. On Tuesday, the Terriers took on crosstown rival Boston College, falling 6-1 to the Eagles. Freshman Jessi Linero (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) captured Boston U.’s only win of the day, rallying back from a set down to capture a three set victory at No. 4 singles. The Terriers next host Harford on April 23 in their final match of the regular season. The Terrier men dropped a pair of matches to Quinnipiac, 5-2, and Binghamton, 7-0, over the weekend. Against Quinnipiac, Boston U. pulled out a win at the No. 3 doubles spot, but couldn’t hold on to win the doubles point. Senior James Bernstein (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) and freshman Marcus Vanberkel (Jacksonville, Fla./Episcopal) claimed the Terriers’ two points, winning at No. 1 and 6 singles, respectively. On Sunday, the Terriers captured only one set as the No. 52 Bearcats swept the match 7-0. Senior Anders Rathlev (Wellesley, Mass./Deerfield Academy) captured the second set at the No. 6 singles spot before falling 11-9 in a 10-point tiebreaker played in lieu of a third set. The Terrier men next travel to Army on April 17.

Hartford – The Hawk men dropped three matches over the week, losing a close 4-3 decision to Holy Cross before falling 4-2 to Hofstra and 7-0 to NJIT. Against Holy Cross, the Hawks claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles. Freshmen Josh Isaacson (Marietta, Ga./George Walton) and Marco Neves (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Salesiano Santa Teresinha) then claimed singles wins at the No. 2 and 3 spots. With the match tied at 3-3, the match came down to senior Aaron Kooden (Savannah, Ga./Benedictine Military), who claimed the first set at the No. 6 singles position. Kooden couldn’t hold on for the win as Scot Brownell rallied back to clinch the match for the Crusaders in the third set. Against Hofstra, the men started out with singles because of bad weather conditions. Isaacson captured another singles victory for the Hawks, winning in straight sets at No. 2 singles. Sophomore Aneil Bhalla (Ottawa, Ontario/Merivale) also claimed a point for the squad with a victory at the top spot. Against NJIT, Hartford dropped the doubles point before the squad was swept in doubles. Isaacson fought, but dropped a close first set 7-5 before falling 6-2 in the second. The Hawk women dropped three matches over the week, falling to Holy Cross, 6-1, Hofstra, 7-0, and NJIT, 6-1. Freshman Livia Blasque (Andradina, Brazil/Colegio Stella Maris) captured the Hawks only point of the day against Holy Cross, winning in straight sets and No. 1 singles. She and sophomore partner Margaret Sabatino (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) also captured a doubles victory although Hartford dropped the doubles point. While the women didn’t capture a point against Hofstra, Hartford freshman Emily Wilhoft (Manchester, Conn./Manchester) claimed her first singles victory of the spring against NJIT at the No. 6 singles spot. Both Hawk teams play Bryant today (April 14).

UMBC – In the UMBC women’s lone match of the week, the Retrievers dropped a 5-2 decision at Binghamton. Four of the six singles matches went the distance, as sophomore No. 2 Carmen Jackman (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) and junior No. 4 Emily Mannix (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) lost in the final set. Mannix fell in a third-set tie breaker. No. 6 Barbara Couto (Teresopolis, Brazil/ Centro de Ensimo Moderno) won her match, as did No. 3 Lorena Valente (Florianopolis, Brazil/Corocao de Jesus). Valente defeated conference foe Jillian Santos of Binghamton 4-6,6-3,6-2. This victory extended the freshman’s winning streak to 10 matches. Valente has a team leading record of 14-4 in singles play and also leads the team in doubles as well with a 13-3 record. UMBC travels to Temple for a match today (April 14) and returns home to entertain George Washington on Saturday. In the only match of the week, the UMBC men (14-5) fell at No. 52 Binghamton, 6-1. Freshman Gaulthier Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France) was the Retrievers’ lone victor, defeating Alexandre Haggai, 6-3, 6-1. Senior Chris Meyer (New Market, Md./Urbana) and Mwali Phiri (Yonkers, N.Y./Tuckahoe/Tyler JC) triumphed, 7-6, at the No. 3 doubles position. The Retrievers return to action today when they travel to Temple.

Stony Brook – The Seawolf men defeated Sacred Heart, 7-0, New Hersey Tech, 5-2, Hofstra, 7-0, and  Quinnipiac, 5-1, over the week to improve to 15-4 on the season. Stony Brook won the top two doubles matches to claim the doubles point against Sacred Heart on Saturday. In singles action, senior Jon Epstein (Silver Spring, Md./Hebrew Academy), who posted a win at No. 1 doubles with senior partner Halvar Dil (Amersfort, Netherlands/U. Miami Online/Drake), rallied back from a set down, to complete the Seawolf sweep of singles. Against New Jersey Tech, the squad captured the No. 2 and 3 doubles positions to claim the doubles point. Stony Brook clinched the match by earning wins at the No. 2, 3, 5 and 6 singles spots. On Monday, the Seawolf men didn’t drop a match as they swept both singles and doubles. The squad dropped only 11 games during singles action. On Tuesday, the men claimed their eighth straight victory, defeating Quinnipiac. Epstein remained undefeated over the week in singles, posting another straight set victory at No. 2 singles. The Stony Brook women blanked NJIT, 7-0, on Sunday. The squad captured the doubles point, posting wins at the No. 2 and 3 positions. The Seawolves then didn’t drop a set as they swept all six singles matches. The Stony Brook women remained dominant during their match against Hofstra on Monday, winning 7-0. After sweeping the doubles point, the squad dropped only one set as they blanked Hofstra in singles. Against Quinnipiac on Tuesday, the squad won, 5-1, for their seventh straight win. Freshman Nini Lagvilava (Tbilisi, Georgia/Number 29) remained undefeated over the week at the No. 1 singles spot, claiming a straight set win over Quinnipiac’s Mary Wilson. The Seawolf women are now 16-3 on the season. Both Stony Brook squads next play conference rivals Binghamton and Hartford on April 17 in their last matches of the regular season.