Vloedgraven and Nunic Earn Third Weekly Honors in 2011
Vloedgraven, ranked No. 95 in the nation in singles, won all four matches at No. 1 singles in straight sets last week. In eight sets, only once did the senior drop more than three games to his opponent. Vloedgraven pushed his win streak to seven and is 25-7 overall, including 14-2 in duals.
Nunic blanked Cincinnati’s top player, Ksenia Slynko, 6-0, 6-0. With the win, the junior has taken her last 11 singles matches without dropping a set. In doubles, Nunic teamed with junior Monica Mikal for an 8-3 victory at the top spot.
University at Albany (2-10) swept all three doubles matches to win the point, including an 8-1 victory by senior Susan Ma (Parkville, Mo./Park Hills South) and junior Aubrey Brooks (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) at the No. 1 position, leading the Great Danes to a 6-1 win over St. Bonaventure in non-conference tennis action on Friday afternoon at the UAlbany Bubble. Seniors Laine Mackey (Leawood, Kan./Shawnee Mission) and Melissa Coughlin (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) combined for an 8-2 win in the second position. Sophomore Sarah Iannone (North Vancouver, British Columbia/Seycove Secondary School) and freshman Rachel Drake (Lancaster, N.Y./Niagara Academy of Tennis) teamed up for an 8-5 victory to sweep the doubles matches. In singles action, Ma started things off for the Great Danes with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Marin-Salcedo at first singles. Mackey and Brooks also posted straight-set wins. Iannone and Coughlin also recorded victories at fourth and fifth singles, respectively. Albany will return to action on Tuesday, March 29 at St. Peter’s.
The Binghamton University men’s team (4-13) split four matches, beating Old Dominion (4-3) and East Carolina (6-1) sandwiched between losses to William & Mary (5-2) and Elon (4-3). The Bearcats have just six matches left before the America East Championship, where they will attempt to win a fourth straight conference title. Seniors Sven Vloedgraven (Lochem, Netherlands/Isendoorn College) and Arnav Jain (Mumbai, India/J.M.L. School) continued their dominance at the top of the singles lineup. The pair is a combined 28-5 in duals this spring. Both went 4-0 on the week. The women’s team (6-8) registered a 1-2 record against Coastal Carolina, South Carolina State and Richmond -- opponents with a combined 38-11 record. Binghamton notched a 4-3 triumph over Richmond to close out the break. Seniors Anna Edelman (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck North) and Yulia Smirnova (Moscow, Russia/Secondary School 1574) each tallied a 2-1 record in singles play. Edelman improved to 28-7 at the top singles spot, while Smirnova improved to 16-11 at third singles. Next up for the men is a match April 2 at conference foe UMBC. The Bearcats then stay on the road to face George Washington on April 3. The Bearcat women take the court April 3 when they host Fairleigh Dickinson.
The Boston University men had one match last week with Marist at the Track and Tennis Center on Saturday. The Terriers (6-8) won the doubles point, but the Red Foxes captured four of the six singles contests for the 4-3 victory. Marist entered with convincing victories over Stony Brook (6-1) and Yale (5-2), but Boston U. battled with the Red Foxes the entire match. Freshman Jesse Frieder (Providence, R.I./The Wheeler School) blanked his opponent at the No. 3 spot and sophomore Josh Friedman (Los Angeles, Calif./Milken Community) earned a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Marist’s top player. The Terriers will next host Holy Cross on Wednesday, March 30, at 3 p.m. The women earned a 4-3 home victory over Cincinnati last Wednesday. Even though the final score was decided by one point, the Terriers (9-6) captured the necessary four points in dominating fashion. They won two of the three doubles matches by an identical 8-3 score and then won three singles contests by taking 36 of 39 games. Junior Stefanie Nunic (New York, N.Y./Broward Virtual Education) blanked her opponent at the top spot, while classmate Monika Mical (Stalowa Wola, Poland/Penn State) dropped just one game in her win at No. 3. The Terriers will next host Massachusetts on Friday, April 1, at 3 p.m.
The University of Hartford tennis teams split matches over the weekend with St. Francis (Pa.) and NJIT, both of which were played at NJIT. Due to cold weather in the area, the matches were moved indoors and played in a shortened, five-point format. The women knocked off St. Francis (Pa.) 5-0, while the men came back from a 2-1 deficit to claim a 3-2 decision. In the second matches of the day, the women fell to NJIT, 5-0, while the men dropped a 4-1 decision. The women (2-5) did not drop a set in their victory over St. Francis. Freshman Katina Zampas (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Dana Hills/Capistrano Valley Christian) put together a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles. Sophomore Kaitlin Lennon (North Scituate, R.I./Ponaganset) battled to a 7-5, 7-5 victory at No. 4 singles. For the men (2-6), sophomore Josh Isaacson (Marietta, Ga./George Walton) tied the overall match against St. Francis (Pa.) at 2-2 with his 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 3 singles. Junior Aneil Bhalla (Ottawa, Ontario/Merivale) then helped the Hawks come back to claim the victory when he earned a grueling, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, decision at No. 1 singles. The men also had a tight match with NJIT, with three of the four singles matches going to three sets, but the Hawks ultimately fell 4-1. The women dropped their match with the host Highlanders, 5-0. Both Hartford teams are back in action this weekend, hosting Hofstra on April 1 and Sacred Heart on April 2.
The UMBC women (8-7) lost a pair of 4-3 decisions at Florida Gulf Coast and Florida Atlantic. Against FGCU, UMBC battled the match to a draw as No. 1 freshman Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany/Leibnizgymnasium), No. 3 sophomore Julia Gregara-Cano (Badajoz, Spain/Fresno State) and No. 5 senior Emily Mannix (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) each triumphed in singles. Freshman No. 6 Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden/De La Gardiegymnasiet) rallied from a set down to take the deciding match to a third set, but fell, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Against Florida Atlantic, UMBC could not hold on to a 3-1 lead and fell, 4-3, in the Retrievers’ final match of spring break. The Retrievers came out strong in doubles, sweeping all three contests to take the doubles point. Gregara-Cano gave UMBC a 2-0 lead when she cruised, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 3 singles and Berghaus truimphed, 6-2, 6-2, at the Nol. 1 slot. In the deciding match, Mannix also gave the visitors hope when she won her first set, 6-1, at No. 4 singles, but dropped a second set tie-breaker, 7-2, and the match, 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4. Berghaus was 4-0 for the week as she went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and 2-0 at No. 1 doubles. Berghaus did not drop a set in her singles matches. She is currently 10-4 in singles and 10-2 in doubles this season. The UMBC men’s team (10-4) saw its five-match winning streak come to an end, as the host Florida Atlantic nipped UMBC, 4-3, in the Retrievers final spring break contest. UMBC tied the match at 2-2 with wins at Nos. 2 and 6 singles. Junior No. 2 Rasid Winklaar (Willemstad, Curacao/Abraham Baldwin) outlasted Daniel Vardag, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, and senior No. 6 Mwali Phiri (Yonkers, N.Y./Tuckahoe/Tyler JC) dispatched Derek Madon, 6-2, 6-2. Winklaar has now won eight consecutive singles matches and the southpaw is 10-2 in his initial spring for the Retrievers. He is 5-0 at the No. 2 position. The final three matches all went the distance, but Florida Atlantic pulled out the first two to clinch the match. Phiri was 3-1 for the week (2-0 in singles/1-1 in doubles). He captured the deciding doubles match in a come-from-behind victory at No. 1 doubles to help secure the 5-2 victory over Florida Gulf Coast. Phiri won in three sets at No. 6 singles against Florida Gulf Coast and won in straight sets at the same position against Florida Atlantic. He is 10-3 on the season in singles and 7-7 at No. 1 doubles. This week, the women have three matches in four days, hosting Richmond on March 31, travelling to Towson on April 1 and hosting Liberty on April 3. The men host league rival Binghamton on April 2 and Liberty on April 3.
Stony Brook University was idle again last week. The women (6-3) return to the courts for their first match since March 14 when they host Fairleigh Dickinson March 30. The women also host Long Island on April 2. The men (3-7), who have not competed since March 6, host St. John’s on April 1.