Retrievers, Highlanders, Bearcats, Seawolves #AETEN Teams Advance in #AECHAMP
The first round of America East men's and women's tennis championship is set. Nearly all high seeds advance to the next round, with the exception of one. On the women's side, No. 4 UMBC defeated Albany, 4-2 to take on No. 1 Stony Brook in the semifinal round, while No. 3 NJIT won against Hartford, 4-0 to take on the No. 2 Bearcats. On the men's side, No. 2 UMBC dropped a tightly contested match to No. 3 Stony Brook. No. 1 Binghamton blanked Hartford and won for the seventh-straight year and will vie for their seventh consecutive title against UMBC. Here's a recap of today's matches:
No. 4 UMBC vs. No. 5 Albany (UMBC def. Albany, 4-2)
- UMBC defeated Albany, 4-2, to move to a 6-1 all-time record against Albany in America East championship play.
- The day started with an injury-related lineup change from Albany, resulting in defaults in both doubles and singles play.
- The tandem of No. 1 Josefin Stange-Jonsson and Shannon Cleary took home the matchup against Albany’s Allaa Sala Mireille Hermans, 8-6, putting UMBC ahead, 2-0, to start off the day.
- UMBC moves onto the seminal round looking for its fourth trip to AE title match.
- Albany’s two points came with identical singles scores of 6-2, 6-1 as No. 5 Rocio Lopez defeated Josefin Stange-Jonsson and No. 3 Alba Sala trumped Retriever Mariami Dolashivili.
- The clinching match for UMBC came in the No. 2 singles matchup of Madlena Kurasz and Great Dane Kirsten Scott (7-5, 6-4).
- UMBC will take on No. 1 Stony Brook at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 26 as a result of their 4-2 victory over Albany.
- The last time UMBC and Stony Brook met in the league tournament was in the 2012 title match, in which Stony Brook was the eventual winner, 4-2. The Seawolves win halted Boston U.’s 17-year championship streak, the first win from any other team besides a Terrier since Vermont in 1993.
No. 3 NJIT vs. No. 6 Hartford (NJIT def. Hartford, 4-0)
- The victory was NJIT’s first America East quarterfinal win as a women’s tennis associate member.
- NJIT secured the first point in doubles play with wins at No. 1 and No. 3.
- The duo of Ksenia Kuzmenico and Jana Luste move to a 10-3 overall doubles record with an 8-1 victory at No. 1 singles over Hartford’s Ashley Harel and Katina Zampas, while the No. 3 doubles team of Nathalie Habegger and Hannelore MacDonald blanked the Hawks’ Hannah Goldman and Felicia Damarco, 8-0, to secure the doubles point.
- In singles play, No. 1 Ksenia Kuzmel took on Ashley Harel (6-0, 6-1), No. 3 Jana Luste took the next match over Katrina Zampas in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) and No. 4 Nathalie Habbeger clinched the final point for the Highlanders (6-1, 6-0).
- NJIT will face No. 2 Binghamton for a semifinal matchup at 1 p.m.on Saturday, April 26.
- The Bearcats are in search for their first league championship title since 2011.
No. 2 UMBC vs. No. 3 Stony Brook (Stony Brook def. UMBC, 4-3)
- Stony Brook earned their first tournament win over Retrievers since 2005, in which they were victorious 4-0, and are now on the hunt for their second overall title (2006).
- Stony Brook took the lead early in the afternoon, earning their first point in at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles with mirrored scores of 8-3.
- The duos of No. 1 Alex Felisa/JoseMorales and No. 3 Marcelo Locatelli/Vini Degani defeated No. 1 Justin Carter/Melker Svard and No. 3 Daniel Gray/Kamal Patel.
- After moving to an indoor facility due to inclement weather, the final three singles matches (Nos. 1, 2, 6) between the Seawolves and Retrievers went into extended sets.
- The clinching match for the Seawolves was No. 2 singles, in which Raphael Termat defeated UMBC’s Melker Svard in a hard fought contest (6-2, 4-6, 6-4).
- Stony Brook will take on Binghamton Sunday at 10 a.m. to attempt to put a stop on their hopes of a seven-year championship run.
No. 1 Binghamton vs. No. 4 Hartford (Binghamton def. Hartford, 4-0)
- The Bearcats seek their seventh consecutive and 10th overall crown, while advancing to the title game for the eleventh time in program history.
- Hartford’s No. 1 singles player Jordan Bodenko put up tough fight against the reigning 2013 Player of the Year Sid Hazarika, but dropped both sets to fall 6-1, 6-2.
- The match-winner for Binghamton came from the No. 3 spot, in which Robin Lesage battled Hartford’s Juan Molina (6-0, 6-1).
- The last time the Seawolves and Bearcats met was in 2006, when Stony Brook last won the America East crown.