Stony Brook & NJIT to meet in #AETEN Women's Final
COLUMBIA, Md. - Stony Brook and NJIT will meet for the first time ever in the women's tennis final. The contest is slated for a 2 p.m. start at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club. Here's a look at today's women's semifinal results:
No. 1 Stony Brook vs. No. 4 UMBC (Stony Brook def. UMBC, 4-2)
- The Seawolves defeated UMBC, 4-2, and now vie for their third-straight America East title on the women’s side.
- Stony Brook grabbed the first point of the day at doubles, with wins at No. 2 and No. 3, while the Retrievers took the contest at No. 1.
- The tandem of thirds Nadia Smergut and Becky Shtilkind teamed up to clinch what proved to be the point-getting match as they defeated UMBC’s Mariami Dolashvili and Madlena Kurasz, 8-5.
- Singles matches were hard fought between the two teams and tied at two-all midway through the singles matches.
- UMBC tallied the first two singles victories at No. 6 (6-1, 6-1) and No. 3 (6-2, 6-2) to pull ahead 2-1.
- The Seawolves battled back, winning the final three singles games at No. 4 (6-1, 7-5), No. 1 (6-2, 6-4) and No. 5.
- No. 5 singles, the deciding point in the semifinal contest, was played into an extra set by UMBC’s Josefin Stange-Jonsson and Stony Brook’s Cassie Dix, with Dix eventually coming out on top (6-3, 4-6, 7-5).
- Stony Brook will make their fourth title game appearance since becoming an America East member.
- The Seawolves will take on NJIT in the Highlanders’ first-ever America East contention for the crown.
No. 2 Binghamton vs. No. 3 NJIT (NJIT def. Binghamton, 4-3)
- Despite Binghamton jumping out in front with an 8-2 victory at No. 3 doubles from the duo of Sara Kohtz/Katya Medianik, NJIT went on to win the next two tandem matches.
- NJIT snagged the first point in doubles play, with wins from the top-two spots of No. 1 Ksenia Kuzmenico/Jana Luste (8-4) and No. 2 Natalia Melibeu/Carolina Zanotta (8-6).
- Binghamton went on to tally two points to open singles play, with No. 6 Kristen Soeder (6-2, 6-0) and No. 2 Sara Kohtz (6-1, 6-0) breaking away early on with back-to-back victories.
- The Highlanders responded with another point earned at the first spot to knot it up at two-all, as Kuzmenico struck again in straight sets (7-5, 6-1).
- NJIT’s Nathalie Habegger (6-2, 4-6, 6-4) and Binghamton’s Alexis Tashiro (6-7(6), 6-4, 6-1) went on to tie it up at three-all in extra sets from the fourth and third positions, respectively.
- The eventual game winning match came at the No. 5 slot, as Bearcat Shea Brodsky kept the sets close, but dropped the match to Natalia Melibeu in three tight sets (2-6, 7-5, 6-2).
- NJIT will contend for their first-ever America East women’s tennis title against top-seeded Stony Brook, tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club.