Binghamton, Stony Brook Dubbed Top Seeds
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The 2014 America East Men’s and Women’s Tennis championships are slated for a Friday, April 25 start. The women will kick off the weekend with the first quarter final matchup of No. 4 UMBC taking on No. 5 Albany at 9:00 a.m. The second women’s quarterfinal will follow shortly after with set No. 3 NJIT competing against No. 6 Hartford, starting no earlier than 11:30 a.m. The men’s teams will begin their semifinal matches in the afternoon with No. 2 UMBC and No. 3 Stony Brook hitting the courts at 2:00 p.m. Top-seeded Binghamton rounds out the day hitting the courts at 5:00 p.m. against No. 4 Hartford.
The top-two women’s seeds, Stony Brook and Binghamton, received byes into the semifinal round on Saturday. No. 1 Stony Brook will play the winner of the UMBC/Albany contest at 9:00 a.m. and No. 2 Binghamton will play either NJIT or Hartford at 1:00 p.m.
No. 1 Stony Brook Women (13-3 Overall, 4-0 AE) vs. Winner No.4 UMBC/No. 5 Albany – Saturday, April 26th, 9:00 a.m.
- Enters the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed for the second-straight year.
- Receive a first-round bye and will take on the winner of No. 4 UMBC vs. No. 5 Albany.
- Only program to win two championships beside former member Boston U.
- Won back-to-back championships (2012, 2013)
- Polina Movchan highlights the Seawolves, posting identical 9-3 records from the No. 1 singles position and overall tandem record. Movchan is also undefeated against conference opponents (3-0).
No. 2 Binghamton Women (8-10, 4-1 AE) vs. Winner No. 3 NJIT/No. 6 Hartford – Saturday, April 26th, 1:00 p.m.
- Received the No. 2 seed, the best seeding for the Bearcats since 2011 as the top-seed.
- Will take on the winner of the No. 3 NJIT/No. 6 Hartford contest for a chance to contend in the league championship match for the first time since 2011.
- Sara Kohtz leads Binghamton with the best individual record of 17-9 (9-5 dual, 8-4 tournament), with the majority of her dual wins coming at the No. 2 singles spot.
- Albany is slotted the No. 5 seed for the eighth time in nine years.
- UMBC dropped its only conference match in a tough 4-3 loss to Binghamton.
- Albany finished out the season snapping a three-game losing skid with a victory over Asa College.
- UMBC enters the tournament as the lowest seed it’s earned since 2011 (No. 4).
No 3. NJIT Women (9-7, 1-2 AE) vs. No. 6 Hartford (2-14, 0-3 AE) – Friday, April 25th, 11:30 a.m.
- NJIT earned the No. 3 seed in their first year as an associate member.
- Kensia Kuzmenko leads the Highlanders with a 17-7 overall record, including a 11-3 dual record from the No. 1 singles slot, and has dropped just one matchup in the past 10 contests.
- Hartford aims to make their first championship match appearance as a team since 1990.
- The last time a Hawk competed in the Championship Round was Sarah McShane at the No. 3 flight in 1993.
No. 2 UMBC (12-9, 0-1) vs. No. 3 Stony Brook (12-6, 1-1)
- UMBC enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed for the second-straight year.
- Both teams are on the hunt for their second overall title, with their last titles coming in back-to-back years (2006, Stony Brook; 2007, UMBC).
- The Seawolves defeated then nationally ranked Florida State, 5-2.
- UMBC hopes to put a stop on their current four-game losing streak.
- The previous matchup between the two occurred in last year’s semifinal match, in which the Retrievers trumped the Seawolves, 4-1.
No. 1 Binghamton Men (12-10, 1-0 AE) vs. No. 4 Hartford (5-11, 0-2) - Friday, April 25, 5:00 p.m.
- Binghamton is looking for their 10th overall and seventh-straight America East Championship.
- The Bearcats have collected nine titles over 11 years.
- Hartford is hungry for their first title since 2002, when the Hawks defeated Stony Brook 4-1.
- The Hawks own four men’s tennis league crowns.
- Binghamton took on seven ranked teams this season with the 2013 Player of the Year, Sid Hazarika, leading the way with a 12-12 dual record.
- The last meeting between the two teams resulted in the Bearcats blanking the Hawks, 7-0, this past weekend.
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