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Vloedgraven, the No. 101 singles player in the nation, went a combined 4-0 in singles and doubles play as the Bearcats toppled Buffalo (6-1) and Fairleigh Dickinson (7-0) at home. Vloedgraven improved to 29-7 in singles play, pushing his win streak to 18 matches. The senior earned a 6-1, 6-1 win over Buffalo’s No. 1 man, Wojceich Starakiewicz, who was previously nationally ranked and was the fourth seed in the ITA Northeast Regional Championship this past fall. He also went 2-0 at No. 1 doubles, giving him 70 career wins in the tandem category.
Smirnova won a pair of singles matches and one doubles match to lead the Bearcats to wins over conference foes UMBC and Boston U. Smirnova swept both her singles and doubles matches against the Retrievers. The senior then played a key role in Binghamton’s first-ever win over Boston U. as she battled for a hard-fought, three-set win at third singles, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.
University at Albany (4-12) posted a 5-2 win over Manhattan in non-conference tennis action on Saturday at the UAlbany Tennis Courts. Junior Aubrey Brooks (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) recorded a 6-4, 6-1 win over Christina Ton in singles play and teamed up with senior Susan Ma (Parkville, Mo./Park Hills South) for a win at No. 1 doubles to lead the Great Danes. In doubles action, Brooks and Ma recorded Albany’s only win, defeating Hilary Valenzuela and Christina Puleo, 8-1. The Great Danes won five of six singles matches to seal the team victory. Senior Laine Mackey (Leawood, Kan./Shawnee Mission) defeated Valenzuela, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 2 singles while sophomore Sarah Iannone (North Vancouver, British Columbia/Seycove Secondary School) posted a 6-2, 6-5 win at No. 4 singles. Senior Melissa Coughlin (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) and freshman Rachel Drake (Lancaster, N.Y./Niagara Academy of Tennis) finished off the victories for Albany in the fifth and sixth positions, respectively. Albany will return to action on April 19 at Hawaii.
The Binghamton University men (8-13) extended their win streak to four with two convincing victories at home on Saturday. The Bearcats, who have won six of their last seven, handled Buffalo (6-1) and Fairleigh Dickinson (7-0) on the West Gym courts. Senior No. 1 Sven Vloedgraven (Lochem, Netherlands/Isendoorn College) dropped just four games in his two matches, extending his singles win streak to 18. He is 29-7 overall, including 18-2 in duals. Senior No. 2 Arnav Jain (Mumbai, India/J.M.L. School) also won twice, moving his career record to 98-27 (23-9 this season). Jain is trying to become the second Bearcat to reach the century mark in singles wins and trails only teammate Vloedgraven in that category. Binghamton has duals against Hartford and Stony Brook remaining this weekend before attempting to secure the program’s fourth consecutive America East title and seventh in the last nine years. The Binghamton University women (9-8) posted a pair of wins over UMBC and Boston U. to extend their winning streak to four games. The Bearcats blanked UMBC, 7-0, on Saturday as senior Anna Edelman (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck North) matched the program’s all-time single season wins record with 30. On Sunday, Binghamton registered an historic win over the Terriers. The 4-3 decision marks the first win over Boston U. in program history for Binghamton and the first setback in America East play for the Terriers since women’s tennis was introduced to the conference in 1989. The two teams have met in six of the last eight America East Championship Finals matches. The Bearcat women travel to West Hartford, Conn., to close out regular-season play with matches against Hartford and Stony Brook.
The Boston University women (10-7) split their two matches this past weekend, earning a 5-2 victory against St. John’s before losing, 4-3, to Binghamton. Junior Stefanie Nunic (New York, N.Y./Broward Virtual Education) increased her singles win streak to 13 games and also posted two wins in doubles action with sophomore Vivien Laszloffy (Budapest, Hungary/Thomas Mann Gymnasium). In a potential preview of the America East Championship, the Terriers dropped a singles point to the Bearcats because Laszloffy had to retire due to injury. She was ahead 6-4, 1-0, before the setback occurred. Boston U. was also without last year’s tournament Most Outstanding Player Petra Santini (Sibenik, Croatia/Gimnazija Za Dopisno Obrazovanje Birotehnika), who played a crucial role in the Terriers claiming the program’s 12th straight automatic NCAA berth. The Terriers will next travel to No. 46 Boston College on Tuesday with action set to begin at 2:30 p.m. in the team’s last regular-season match. On the men’s side, Boston University (8-9) dropped its third 4-3 match of the season on Sunday at Fairfield. Sophomore Josh Friedman (Los Angeles, Calif./Milken Community) won the top singles spot, while classmate Ferdinand Brunet (London, England/Stony Brook) and junior Regis Chang (Mattapoisett, Mass./Old Rochester Regional H.S.) pulled out victories at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. The Terriers will next host Villanova on Friday at 3 p.m. before visiting Boston College on Sunday at 4 p.m.
University of Hartford split matches with Holy Cross and Marist last week, with the men (3-9) defeating Holy Cross, 6-1, and falling to Marist, 7-0, while the women (3-8) defeated Holy Cross, 4-3, and lost to Marist, 6-1. On the men’s side, Hartford swept three doubles matches to get things started against Holy Cross, then won the first five singles matches, running away with the 6-1 triumph. Sophomore Bogdan Nedelcu (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) earned his first collegiate singles victory when he posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory at the fifth position. Junior Aneil Bhalla (Ottawa, Ontario/Merivale) earned the match-clinching victory when he rebounded to take a 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 decision at No. 1 singles. For the women, the Hawks grinded out a 4-3 victory over Holy Cross. Sophomore Kaitlin Lennon (North Scituate, R.I./Ponaganset) and junior Haley Gileau (East Granby, Conn./East Granby) prevailed with a well-earned, 9-8 (7-5) victory at No. 2 doubles to secure the doubles point. Freshman Katina Zampas (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Dana Hills/Capistrano Valley Christian) teamed with junior Maggie Sabatino (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) to get an 8-1 victory at No. 1 doubles, then cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles for the Hawks. Gileau’s 6-0, 7-5 victory at No. 6 singles was the match-clincher. Senior Nicole Haynal (Bayside, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) also provided a critical point with her 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 4. The Hartford women will play four matches this week, all at home, including two against America East foes Binghamton and Stony Brook on Saturday. The men, meanwhile, will play just two matches, both on Saturday, against Binghamton and Stony Brook.
The UMBC men (12-5) snapped a brief two-game slide with a 7-0 shutout over Norfolk State on April 9. A sweep of the doubles play was highlighted by an 8-0 shutout at the No. 3 slot by sophomores Gaulthier Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France/Institute Deschamp) and Adam Duprat (Bobigny, France/Institute Deschamp). Berret rallied from a set down to win at No. 5 singles, capping a Retriever rally which culminated in a 4-3 victory over Temple at the UMBC Tennis Courts on April 11. Temple lost for just the second time in their last eight matches and dropped to 16-7. The match took nearly five and a half hours to complete. Senior Mwali Phiri (Yonkers, N.Y./Tyler JC) and junior Rasid Winklaar (Willmestad, Curacao/Abraham Baldwin College) formed a new No. 2 doubles squad and defeated Temple, 8-2. The duo went 2-0 on the day as both players won 6-2, 6-3 decisions at Nos. 6 and 2 respectively. Phiri improved to 12-4 in singles with the win. Junior Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz./North Canyon) provided the third singles point, besting Taylor Hairston at the No. 4 slot, 6-4, 6-3. In the deciding match, Berret dropped the first set, 6-3, and was down triple-match point at 5-4 in the second set before he drew even at deuce and fended off three additional match points in the game to tie the set at 5-5. He forced the set to a tie-breaker and cruised in the breaker, 7-1, taking the match, 3-6, 7-6 (1), 5-3, default. Berret also won the deciding match in three sets in the Feb. 12 victory over Old Dominion. Head Coach Rob Hubbard is now 41-19 in his third year on the men’s side. The women (8-8) dropped a 7-0 decision to Binghamton on April 9. Freshman Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden/De La Gardiegymnasiet) was the lone Retriever to capture a set, falling 2-6, 6-0, 10-6, at No. 6 singles. The women are idle this week, while the men play thier final home match against Georgetown on Saturday.
Stony Brook University will honor its three seniors- Ivan Rummel (Budapest, Hungary/Altisz Gymnasium), Fanny Charliquart (Gueugnon, France/Lycee Camille Claudel) and Gayatri Krishnan (Chennai, India/National Inst. of Open Schooling)- on Thursday prior to its 1 p.m. match against Hofstra. The men (6-8) went 2-1 on the week, defeating NJIT, 7-0, and St. Francis (Pa.), 7-0, before falling to Bryant, 4-3, in their final match of the week. The women (12-3) went 3-0 on the week and have won seven in row. They defeated NJIT, St. Francis (Pa.) and St. John’s, each by a score of 6-1. The victory over St. John’s on Sunday was the 350th career win for head coach Gary Glassman. The victory over NJIT snapped the Highlanders’ six-match winning streak.