Bearcats Sweep Weekly Tennis Awards
Lesage, who just joined the Bearcat squad in January, went 3-1 on the weekend including an unbeaten mark in double action. He went 2-0 in doubles with Ruben Haggai. That tandem recorded the Bearcats’ lone victory at Penn State. He also won at No. 4 singles against Lafayette, 6-0, 6-2.
Santos recorded her 80th career victory with a 7-5, 6-2 win from the No. 1 singles position versus Albany on Friday. She becomes just the fourth Bearcat women’s tennis player to have 80 or more wins on the singles court. She also teamed with Messy Edelblum to pick up a 9-7 doubles victory over the Danes.
Albany split its matches last week with a win over crosstown rival Siena, 7-0, and falling short to Binghamton, 4-3. Kirsten Scott (Alberta, Calgary, National Sport School) continues to win in singles, moving to 6-0 on the season. Scott has recorded wins in the No. 2 (1-0), No. 3 (2-0) and No. 4 (3-0) singles. Aubrey Brooks (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) moves to 5-1 on the season with two wins last weekend and currently rides a four-match winning streak at No. 6 singles. The Great Danes continue their spring schedule with Colgate on Wednesday followed by a weekend trip to Lehigh for a three-way match between Stony Brook and the Mountain Hawks.
The Binghamton men’s tennis squad split its two matches on the week, losing to Penn State 7-0 before beating Lafayette 6-1. The doubles tandem of Robin Lesage and Ruben Haggai (St. Denis, Reunion Island) won both its matches including the team’s lone win against the Nittany Lions. Lesage and Haggai posted an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles, but Penn State won the top two spots to capture the double point. Against Lafayette, the pair moved up to No. 2 doubles and notched an 8-2 win. The Bearcat men have three matches this weekend in Pennsylvania – at Duquesne with Robert Morris on Saturday and then across the state to face Lehigh on Sunday. Binghamton’s women’s team also split their matches this weekend earning a win over America East foe Albany, 4-3, before being swept by Temple. Jillian Santos led a trio of Bearcat women to singles victories. She took the win at No. 1 singles while Jennifer Fridman (Port Washington, N.Y./Schreiber) and Missy Edelblum (Roslyn, N.Y./Roslyn) also took home wins. Binghamton swept all three doubles matches against the Danes. On Sunday against Temple, Santos and Fridman pushed their match at No. 1 and No. 2 singles to the limit but fell in three sets. Next up for the Bearcats is a Feb. 26 match at Cornell.
Boston University’s men’s tennis team dropped a tightly-contested 5-2 decision to Bryant on Sunday at the Track and Tennis Center. Michael Kopelman (Treasure Island, Fla./Florida State) and Emilio Teran (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables) earned the Terriers’ two points with wins at No. 2 and No. 4 singles. Kopelman pulled out a 6-3, 6-3 straight-set win and Teran did the same, 6-4, 6-4. Bryant won two of three doubles matches against the Terriers to take the doubles point and clinch the win. Boston U. will next host Fordham on Feb. 26. Currently 4-0, the women were idle last week and will have two matches this weekend. They will play at Harvard on Friday and then face Furman at the same complex on Sunday.
Hartford sat idle this week but both teams return to action next weekend. The women will travel to Manhattan to take on the Jaspers on Sunday while the men host Fordham on Saturday.
The UMBC men’s and women’s tennis teams competed at Old Dominion over the weekend. The men lost a 6-1 decision while the women also fell 4-3. The top four singles matches on the women’s side went the distance, but only freshman Isabel Aldunate (Bowrie, Md./Home School) pulled out the win, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. Heidi Danielsson (Jonkoping, Sweden/Sanda) stayed hot, winning her third straight singles match at No. 5, 6-2, 6-2. She improved to 5-3 this season. The men had a four-match winning streak snapped at Old Dominion. Freshman Kamel Patel (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) stayed hot for the Retrievers winning his fourth straight match (5-7, 6-3, 10-5) improving to 4-2 on the spring. Four of Patel’s matches have gone the distance and he is 2-2 in those three-set battles. The Retriever women will host a doubleheader this weekend against Hofstra and Towson while the men travel to Richmond for a Feb. 25 match with the Spiders.
Stony Brook returns to the courts next weekend. The men take on Lehigh on Friday and the women play in a three-team match with Albany and Lehigh.