Binghamton's Alexandre Haggai picks up his first weekly award of the season.
Binghamton's Alexandre Haggai picks up his first weekly award of the season.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Haggai, Stange-Jonsson Lead Teams, Collect Weekly Honors

Release: 03/27/2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Binghamton’s Alexandre Haggai (St. Denis, Reunion Island/Lycee Bellepierrie) and UMBC’s Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden/De La Gardiegymnasiet) collected a combined nine wins over the last week of competition and take home Male and Female Player of Week honors.

Playing at No. 1 singles, Haggai knocked off 92nd-ranked and two-time ITA Northeast Regional runner-up Marc Powers of Yale 6-4, 0-6, 6-0 in one of his two singles wins. His other came in a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 over St. Bonaventure. Haggai also won two of three doubles matches.

Stange-Jonsson teamed with Shalini Sahoo (New Delhi, India/TCU) to win a crucial match in doubles and then clinched the victory for UMBC over Texas-San Antonio with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles. The sophomore went 3-0 in singles and 2-1 in doubles action dropping only one game in doubles and singles victories at Texas-Pan American. She has won six of seven singles matches to improve to 10-6 this spring.

The Albany women’s tennis squad dropped two matches over the weekend, both by 4-3 final tallies, to St. Bonaventure and Marist. Rocio Lopez Alberca (Madrid, Spain/Georgia Tech) picked up wins at No. 1 singles against the Bonnies and Red Foxes and has now won five straight singles matches overall. Kirsten Scott (Calgary, Alberta/National Sport School) and Francine White (Utica, N.Y./Thomas R. Proctor) also earned wins against Marist at No. 3 and No. 6 singles. White’s win was the first of her collegiate career. The Great Danes return to action with a home match against Bryant and then a bout on the road against Boston University.

Binghamton put together a solid week on the tennis courts with the men’s and women’s teams combining to go 3-2. The Bearcat men won two of three matches over the weekend, edging host Army 4-3 and blanking St. Bonaventure 7-0. In between, Binghamton fell to Yale 5-2. Freshman Ismael Dinia (Rabat, Morocco/Lycee Descartes) went 3-0 to raise his singles record to a team-best 20-11. Diniai, along with senior No. 1 Alexandre Haggai were the lone singles winners against Yale. That pair also teamed for two doubles wins over the weekend. The Bearcats have six scheduled matches remaining before beginning defense of their America East title on April 28-29 in Flushing, N.Y. The Binghamton women split a pair of matches this weekend in Syracuse, N.Y. After being swept by the No. 47 Orange, the Bearcats bounced back with a 5-2 victory over Boston. Down 2-0 early to the Terriers, Binghamton went on to win five straight singles matches to clinch their second win over the Terriers in program history. Senior Emma Leibowitz (Pittsburgh, Pa./Taylor Allderdice) started the rally winning 6-2, 7-5 at No. 6, while classmate Jillian Santos (Flushing, N.Y./Cardozo) capped off the run with a marathon win (6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3)) at No. 1 singles. Leibowitz also picked up her 60th career doubles victory against Boston, becoming the eighth Bearcat to reach that milestone. The Binghamton women return to action against Fairleigh Dickinson today while the men travel to No. 16 Harvard on Friday.

Boston University
tennis squads posted a 2-2 record over the last week of competition with the men winning both of their matches. The Terriers have now won three of their last four matches. Boston U. rallied to a 4-3 win over Quinnipiac before sweeping by Sacred Heart, 7-0, last week. Josh Friedman (Los Angeles, Calif./Milken Community) went 2-0 at No. 1 singles including a three-set win against the Pioneers. The Terrier women fell twice over the weekend suffering defeats to No. 47 Syracuse (7-0) and to Binghamton (5-2). Sophomore Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis (Haltern am See, Germany/Joseph Koenig Gymnasium) won at No. 1 singles and teamed with Jessi Linero (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) at No. 1 doubles to give the Terriers their two points against the Bearcats. The Terrier women return to the courts this weekend with matches at Dartmouth and home vs. Albany. The men head to Flushing N.Y. to take on St. John’s before traveling to Stony Brook for a match against the Seawolves.

Hartford’s men’s and women’s teams return to action this week after more than three weeks off from competition. Both teams last played March 6 on the road at Dartmouth.

The UMBC women’s tennis team ran its winning streak to six straight with a 5-2 victory over the University of Texas-San Antonio on March 20. The Retrievers split their final two matches in Texas and are now 10-6 on the year. Sophomore Josefin Strange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden/De La Gardiegymnasiet) went 5-1 in Texas and clinched the victory over UTSA with a straight set win at No. 6 singles. Grad student Shalini Sahoo also won five of six matches in Texas and has an eight-match singles winning streak alive. Sahoo is 13-3 at No. 2 singles this spring. After an opening loss to Texas-San Antonio, the Retriever men came back to post back-to-back 4-3 victories at No. 68 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas Pan-American. UMBC rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat TAMUCC. Freshman Juan Miguel Aranzazu (Ibague, Columbia) completed the comeback with a dramatic, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles. The match against UTPA lasted over five hours, featured three tiebreakers and two three-set singles matches. UMBC again rallied from a 3-1 deficit to pick up the 4-3 win. The men are now even at 7-7 on the season. Both teams take on Georgetown and Temple on the road this week.

Stony Brook returns to action this weekend with the men hosting Boston University and the women hosting Fairfield and Fordham.