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Binghamton's Marina Bykovskaya collects Female Player of the Week honors.
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Bearcats Sweep Final Weekly Tennis Awards

Release: 04/24/2012
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Binghamton sweeps the final weekly tennis awards of 2012 as Alexandre Haggai (St. Denis, Reunion Island/Lycee Bellepierre) and Marina Bykovskaya (Saratov, Russia/Secondary School 8) pick up Male and Female Player of the Week honors.

Haggai collects his first weekly award of 2012 after posting a perfect 6-0 record in singles and doubles action as the Bearcats swept three opponents. At No. 1 singles, Haggai beat Colgate’s top player before pushing past Stony Brook’s No. 1, 10-6 in a third-set super tiebreak. Haggai dropped just one game in a straight-set win over Hartford. With his three doubles wins, Haggai is within one of tying the school record for career doubles wins (72).

Bykovskaya paced the Bearcats in both their victories over Stony Brook and Hartford. Against the Seawolves, she won a crucial 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 decision at No. 3 and then posted a 6-0, 6-0 blanking over her Hartford opponent. The senior combined to go 3-1 in singles and doubles play. With her doubles win against Hartford, Bykovskaya moved into sole possession of fourth place in doubles wins all-time at Binghamton with 71.

Albany defeated Hartford 6-1 last Thursday to end the season on a two-match winning streak heading into the America East Championship. The Great Danes swept the doubles point and took five of six singles matches. The doubles team of Sara Iannone (North Vancouver, British Columbia/Seycove Secondary School) and Aubrey Brooks (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) did not allow their opponents to win one game in an 8-0 win at No. 2 doubles. Albany clinched the match with wins at Nos. 4-6 singles to win its first match against an America East opponent this year. Iannone won at No. 4 and Brooks at No. 5 before Francine White (Utica, N.Y./Thomas R. Proctor) grabbed the win at No. 6.

The Binghamton men’s tennis team stretched its win streak to six matches with a 3-0 week highlighted by a pair of shutouts of conference foes Stony Brook and Hartford. The Bearcats have now won eight of their last 10 and are picking up momentum for the America East Championship this weekend. Senior No. 1 Alexandre Haggai went a combined 6-0 in singles and doubles action. Freshman No. 3 Ismael Dinia (Rabat, Morocco/Lycee Descartes) also went 6-0 and raised his singles record to a team best 26-13 and 16-9 in dual competition. The Bearcat women also picked up a pair of victories over the weekend against Hartford and Stony Brook to close out the regular season. Binghamton slid past the host Seawolves 4-3 thanks to a pair of singles victories from Marina Bykovskaya and Katherine Medianik (Brooklyn, N.Y./Laurel Springs). In the finale, the Bearcats cruised past Hartford 7-0 winning every match contested on the afternoon. Jillian Santos (Flushing, N.Y./Cardozo) picked up her 86th career singles victory and now sits in third-place all-time at Binghamton. With the 2-0 weekend, Binghamton improves to 4-1 against America East opponents this year.

The Boston University men split their two matches this past week, earning a 7-0 sweep of Holy Cross before dropping a hard-fought 5-2 decision at Army. Freshman Emilio Teran (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables) led the Terriers with two wins in singles action. He picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win against the Crusaders and then followed with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over the Black Knights. The Terrier women were idle this past week and limp into the conference tourney with its perfect tournament record on the line. Two-time America East Player of the Year Stefanie Nunic (New York, N.Y./Broward Virtual Education) has only appeared in five matches this spring due to injury. Classmate Monika Mical (Stalowa Wola, Poland/Penn State) is the lone Terrier to have appeared in every match. Boston U. has won the last two championships by clinching the final point in 4-3 victories against Binghamton.

The Hartford men’s and women’s tennis teams wrapped up regular season play last week with a combined five matches against America East competition. The women hosted Albany in their final home match of the season last Thursday. Graduate Student Abby Liu (Houston, Texas/Cypress Falls) won her singles match against the Danes, 6-2, 6-4. Liu finished the regular season with a record of 9-4 from the top spot this spring. For the men, Aneil Bhalla (Ottawa, Ontario/Merivale) wrapped up his final regular season for the Hawks. Bhalla amassed a 7-4 record at No. 2 singles this spring.

The UMBC men’s tennis team closed out the regular season in grand fashion, defeating Navy 6-1 at the USNA Tennis Courts on Saturday. UMBC evened its record at 9-9 heading into the America East Championship. Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz./North Canyon) posted victories in both singles and doubles play, recording his 98th and 99th career victories against the Midshipmen. His singles mark now stands at 68-44 (60.7 percent). The Retrievers came out strong taking the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 slots. Freshman No. 6 Kamal Patel (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) and classmate No. 3 Juan Manuel Aranzazu (Ibague, Colombia/Colegio Tolimense) gave the Retrievers a 3-0 lead with straight-set singles wins. Gaulthier Berret (Lagny Sur Marne, France/Institute Deschamp (Belgium)) clinched the match with a win at No. 4. The UMBC women did not play last week.

Both Stony Brook men’s and women’s tennis wrapped up their regular season by splitting with Hartford and Binghamton. The women fell to Binghamton 4-3 before beating Hartford 5-1. The Seawolf men beat Hartford 6-0 after dropping a 7-0 decision to Binghamton. Nikita Fomin (Moscow, Russia) finished the regular season 14-2 at No. 1 singles. On the women’s side, Nini Lagvilava (Tbilisi, Georgia) went 14-4 at No. 1 singles while Polina Movchen (Kiev, Ukraine) went 15-2 in the No. 2 slot. That pair also combined to go 12-4 at No. 1 doubles.

The America East Championship will be held this weekend (April 27-29) at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Action gets underway on Friday with men’s and women’s quarterfinals.
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