Binghamton Wins in Conference Play To Take Weekly Honors
Jain won both his singles matches to reach the 100-win milestone for his career. The senior played in the No. 1 singles spot and posted a 6-3, 6-1 win over Hartford before returning to his normal No. 2 spot to beat his opponent from Stony Brook in straight sets. Jain raised his singles record to 25-9 overall including a team-best 20-3 in duals.
Edelman posted a 3-0 record over the weekend as Binghamton extended its winning streak to six games, sweeping Hartford, 7-0, and topping Stony Brook, 4-2, in the process. Edelman only dropped three games during Saturday’s doubleheader as she registered a 6-0, 6-0 win at first singles and an 8-0 triumph at first doubles against Hartford. With her 31st victory of the season in singles competition, Edelman broke the program’s single-season record for wins. The senior then cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win at first singles in the afternoon meeting with Stony Brook, improving to 32-8 overall in singles play.
University at Albany (4-12) did not compete last week. The Great Danes begin a three-match trip to Hawaii this evening when they take on Hawaii. Albany will also play Hawaii-Pacific on April 21 and BYU-Hawaii on April 23.
The Binghamton University men (10-13) finished its regular season in style with shutout wins over Hartford (7-0) and Stony Brook (6-0). The three-time defending conference champion Bearcats have won eight of their last nine matches and now appear poised to make a run at the program’s seventh America East title in the last nine years. Senior Arnav Jain (Mumbai, India/JML School) won both his singles matches to reach the 100-win plateau for his career. Jain is 100-27 overall, compiling a .787 winning percentage, including a 73-13 dual record (.849). He is just the second Binghamton player in 65 years of tennis at the university to reach 100 career singles wins. Senior Sven Vloedgraven (Lochem, Netherlands/Isendoorn College) bumped up to No. 78 in the latest ITA Rankings and dropped just three games in his straight-set win against Stony Brook. Vloedgraven, 30-7 overall, firmed up his bid for a second-straight NCAA Singles appearance. Bids are awarded to the top 125 singles players. On the women’s side, seniors Anna Edelman (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck North) and Lauren Bates (Buffalo, N.Y./Kenmore West) broke a pair of school records, leading the Bearcats (11-8) to a pair of wins over Hartford and Stony Brook in a doubleheader on Saturday. The Bearcats, who have won six consecutive dual matches, will enter the America East Championships at Yale University on a winning streak of five games or more for the seventh consecutive season. Edelman broke the school’s single-season wins record with her 31st and 32nd wins in singles competition. Bates also registered a pair of singles wins as she moved into sole possession of first place on the program’s career singles chart with 88 all-time singles wins. Junior Marina Bykovskaya (Saratov, Russa/Secondary School 8) won a pair of singles matches to extend her winning streak to six straight, dating back to March 26. The Bearcats have completed their regular-season slate and will return to the courts at the America East Championships, April 29-May 1 in New Haven, Conn.
The Boston University women (10-8) played their final regular-season match last Tuesday, falling, 5-1, at No. 51 Boston College. Junior Stefanie Nunic (New York, N.Y./Broward Virtual Education) extended her singles winning streak to 14 matches by dismantling the Eagles’ top player. She won by a score of 6-4, 6-3. Freshman Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis (Haltern am See, Germany/Joseph Konig Gymnasium) provided the other highlight by winning a set against No. 103 Katarina Gajic. The ranked Eagles rallied back to pull out the 6-7, 6-0, 10-2 victory in the third slot. Doubles was not played due to the weather. On the men’s side, the Terriers (9-10) earned a 5-2 victory over Villanova before falling at Boston College, 7-0. They will next visit UConn on Wednesday before hosting Hartford on Thursday. Both matches are set to begin at 3 p.m.
University of Hartford went winless last week, as the women (3-11) fell to Fairfield midweek before both the men (3-11) and the women dropped conference matches to Binghamton and Stony Brook on Saturday. The women’s team had been scheduled for a home match with Bryant as well, but rain forced that match to be pushed to April 19. Sophomore Emily Willhoft (Manchester, Conn./Manchester) picked up what would prove to be the Hawks’ only point of the week when she won by default at No. 6 singles against Fairfield. On Saturday, Hartford hosted a tri-meet with Binghamton and Stony Brook. Neither the Hawk men nor the women could get a point from the visitors, falling to Binghamton, 7-0, and Stony Brook, 6-0. The doubles point against Stony Brook was canceled due to impending rain in West Hartford. The men wrap up their regular season this week when they visit Boston University on Thursday, while the women will not be in action until next Tuesday at Albany for their season finale, after Tuesday’s make-up match with Bryant was also rained out.
The UMBC women’s tennis team (9-8) captured two of three doubles matches and five of six singles contests and defeated cross-town rival Towson by a 6-1 count on April 18. UMBC jumped out to a good start as the newly formed No. 2 doubles squad of freshman Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany/Leibnizgymnasium) and senior Emily Mannix (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) blanked Ioana Aprodu and Ariel Burke, 8-0. The Retrievers increased the lead to 3-0 as Berghaus and sophomore Julia Gregara-Cano (Badajoz, Spain/Fresno State) posted efficient singles victories. Berghaus, at the No. 1 slot, dispatched Aandria Carr, 6-0, 6-1, while Gregara-Cano ousted Caitlin White, 6-1, 6-1. Mannix clinched the match for the visitors with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Andrea Samlin at the No. 4 position. No. 2 junior Carmen Jackman (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) and No. 6 Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden/De La Gardiegymnasiet) also posted singles victories for UMBC. On the men’s side, In his final home match, senior Mwali Phiri (Yonkers, N.Y./Tyler J.C.) squeezed out victories in singles and doubles and helped UMBC to a 5-2 win over Georgetown on April 17. UMBC won its third straight match and improved to 13-5 on the season. Phiri combined with junior Rasid Winklaar (Willemstad,Curacao/Abraham Baldwin) to edge Bryan Miller and Charlie Caris, 9-7, at No. 2 doubles. Four of the six singles matches were tightly contested affairs, and Phiri won a key singles match at the No. 6 slot, edging Brian Ward, 6-4, 7-6 (2). Winklaar outlasted Andy Bruhn, 6-4, 6-2, at the No. 2 singles slot and Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz./North Canton) defeated Casey Distaso, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 4 position. No. 1 Cristian Hodel (Calarasi, Romania/Boise State) led, 4-3, when his opponent, Mike Clarke retired. Phiri improved to 13-4 on the spring and has won seven of his last eight matches at the No. 6 singles position. The newly formed duo of Phiri and Winklaar are 3-0 at No. 2 doubles. Both teams conclude the regular season on Saturday, April 23 at America East rival Stony Brook.
The Stony Brook University women’s tennis team won two of its three matches last week. The Seawolves defeated Hofstra and Hartford and lost to Binghamton. The loss to Binghamton snapped an eight-match winning streak for Stony Brook, which is now 14-4. The Seawolves rebounded from the loss to the Bearcats with a 6-0 victory over Hartford, winning all six matches in straight sets. Stony Brook had three players win without losing a game and two players that dropped just one game. The Stony Brook men’s team went 2-2 last week. Stony Brook defeated Hofstra and Hartford and fell to Binghamton and St. John’s. Stony Brook is now 8-10 on the season. The Seawolves did not drop a set in the victory over Hartford. Freshman Nikita Fomin (Moscow, Russia/Bradenton) earned the only point for Stony Brook against St. John’s, winning in straight sets at No. 1 singles. Both teams wrap up their regular season on Saturday, hosting UMBC.