The Binghamton University men and Boston University women kept their tennis dynasties rolling as they earned America East titles in tennis Sunday.
The Binghamton University men and Boston University women kept their tennis dynasties rolling as they earned America East titles in tennis Sunday.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Boston U. Women and Binghamton Men Continue Championship Streaks

Release: 05/01/2011

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The championship streaks remained intact in both women's and men's tennis as the second-seeded Boston University women won their 18th straight America East crown with a 4-3 win over top-seeded Binghamton University while the men's title went to No. 1 Binghamton, which grabbed a 4-1 victory over No. 2 UMBC, for the fourth straight year.

For the second year in a row, the Boston U. women went to the final match to grab a 4-3 win in the America East tennis championship final over the top-seeded Binghamton women. Boston U. freshman Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis, playing from the No. 5 singles position, won the deciding match, 6-2, 6-7, 6-2, over Binghamton junior Marina Bykovskaya. The Terriers also earned key points from their second, third and sixth singles players. Sophomore Vivien Laszloffy grabbed a 6-1, 6-4 victory from the No. 2 slot while junior Petra Santini won in the No. 3 slot, 6-2, 6-4, and Jessi Linero won, 6-1, 6-0, at the No. 6 position. The Terriers needed to pick up four singles victories after Binghamton grabbed the doubles point. Junior Jillian Santos and senior Yulia Smirnova led the way with an 8-1 victory at No, 2 doubles for the Bearcats. Smirnova also won her singles match, 6-3, 6-3, in the fourth position while senior No. 1 Anna Edelman grabbed a three-set victory, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, over Terrier junior Stefanie Nunic.

Nunic was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, due in part to a crucial semifinal win over Stony Brook No. 1 Nini Lagvilava.

On the men's side, Binghamton picked up a 4-1 win over Binghamton in a rematch of the 2010 America East Championship final. The Bearcats jumped out to an early lead with wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles to earn the doubles point. Senior Arnav Jain and junior Alexandre Haggai picked up an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles while sophomores Bastian Bornkessel and Ruben Devos won at No. 3 doubles, 8-3. Binghamton continued its strong play as senior No. 1 Sven Vloedgraven, the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, dropped just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 win. Devos earned a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6 before junior Gilbert Wong clinched the championship for the Bearcats with a 6-3, 7-5 win from the third position. UMBC sophomore Gaulthier Berret picked up the lone point for the Retrievers, winning his No. 5 singles match, 6-4, 6-1.

With their conference championships, the Boston U. women and Binghamton men both earn automatic bids to the NCAA championship.


April 29
Women's First Round
No. 3 Stony Brook 4, Hartford 0
No. 4 UMBC 4, Albany 0

Men's First Round
No. 4 Stony Brook 4, Hartford 0

April 30
Women's Consolation
Albany 7, Hartford 0      

Women's Semifinals
#1 Binghamton 4, UMBC 0     
#2 Boston U. 4, Stony Brook 3     

Men's Semifinals
#1 Binghamton 5, Stony Brook 0     
#2 UMBC 4, #3 Boston U. 0
May 1
Women's Final
Boston U. 4, Binghatmon 3     

Men's Final
Binghamton 4, UMBC 1