Courtesy: America East Communications

Undefeated Weekends Net Weekly Tennis Awards

Release: 02/29/2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Binghamton’s Ismael Dinia (Rabat, Morocco) and UMBC’s Shalini Sahoo (New Delhi, India/TCU) combined to go 8-0 over the weekend in tennis action and take home the men’s and women’s Player of the Week awards.

Dinia won all four of his matches to pace Binghamton to a pair of 5-2 wins of Duquesne and Lehigh. At No. 5 singles, Dinia won two matches in straight sets. He also teamed with Alexandre Haggai to go 2-0 at No. 3 doubles. Dinia leads the Bearcats with a 15-9 overall record in 2011-2012 and has 11 doubles wins.

Sahoo won her doubles match against Hofstra and then got singles off to a roaring start with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at the No. 2 slot. She continued her dominance versus Towson, dropping just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 win. Sahoo improved her singles record to 7-3 on the season.

Albany split its two matches last weekend in Bethlehem, Pa. The Great Danes were able to come out with a victory over Lehigh, 6-1, after dropping their match to conference foe Stony Brook, 7-0. Kirsten Scott (Calgary, Alberta/National Sport School) won her eighth match this season at Lehigh. Scott is now 8-1 on the season in singles play while moving up from No. 4 to No. 2 singles. The No. 3 doubles tandem of Aubrey Brooks (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) and Sarah Iannone (North Vancouver, British Colombia/Seycove Secondary School) won their seventh match of the year against Lehigh. The Danes continue their road trip this weekend against Fairfield for their lone match of the week.

The Binghamton men (5-5) stretched their win streak to three matches with a pair of 5-2 victories during the week. The Bearcats defeated Duquesne and Lehigh on the road, winning four of six singles matches plus the doubles point against both opponents. Binghamton stays at home for the first time in a month when it hosts Illinois State (Fri.) and Dartmouth (Sat.) at the Binghamton Tennis Center this weekend. Freshman Ismael Dinia went a perfect 4-0 in singles and doubles during the week, lifting his team-best singles record to 15-9 overall. Also winning twice in singles was classmate Robin Lesage (Mulhouse, France) at No. 4 and sophomore Ruben Haggai (St. Denis, Reunion Island) at No. 6. The top doubles tandem of juniors Ruben Devos (Keerbergen, Belgium) and Bastian Bornkessel (Bochum, Germany) extended its doubles win streak to three with two more wins. The pair is 15-8 in doubles this year. The Bearcat women (3-5) fell on the road to Cornell 6-1 this past Sunday afternoon. Senior Jillian Santos (Flushing, N.Y./Cardozo) recorded the Bearcats’ lone victory of the weekend with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-0 singles victory at the No.1 singles position. Binghamton will head to Buffalo, N.Y. this weekend to take on both Niagara and the University of Buffalo.

The Boston University men fell to Fordham, 5-2, over the weekend while the Terrier women fell for the first time this season, dropping decisions to #69 Harvard and Furman.

The University of Hartford tennis squads dropped a pair of matches this weekend as the women fell to Manhattan, 6-1, and the men dropped a 7-0 decision to Fordham. Michael Kennelly (Irvington, N.Y./Irvington) forced a tiebreaker set in his match at No. 4 singles for the men. Kennelly fell behind in the match, dropping the first set, 6-3, but came back to win the second set, 6-4, before dropping the tiebreak by a score of 10-5. The Hartford women fell on the road at Manhattan Sunday, 6-1. Abby Liu picked up a point for the Hawks, earning a victory for the No. 1 singles post. Liu, a transfer from the University of Texas, is 2-1 in singles play this spring and boasts a 13-3 singles record in less than two semesters in a Hawks uniform. Sophomore Katina Zampas battled in her match at No. 3 singles. Zampas pushed the first set to a tiebreak before eventually dropping the set, 7-6 (4). The second set was similarly contested, going to 12 games before Zampas dropped a 7-5 decision in the set. Both Hartofrd squads return to action this weekend when they travel to Rhode Island to take on Bryant.

The UMBC women’s tennis team won a double-header against a pair of Colonial Athletic Association teams on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Twin Lakes Racquet Club. The Retrievers blanked Hofstra, 7-0, in the morning and defeated Towson, 6-1, later that afternoon. UMBC evened its 2012 record at 5-5. Shalini Sahoo dominated in her four matches. Sahoo improved her singles record to 7-3 on the season and went a combined 4-0 on the weekend in singles and doubles action. Sophomore Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany/Liebnizgymnasium) dropped only one game in a 6-1, 6-0 win over Elena Ivanova at No. 1 singles vs. Hofstra and senior Carmen Jackman (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) clinched the victory with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Malissa Gilanchi at No. 3 singles. Jackman also recorded the match-clinching point vs. Towson. The women are off until March 7, when they host Liberty at the UMBC Tennis Complex. The men did not play, as a match at Richmond on Feb. 25 was postponed. They return to action on March 3, when they entertain Penn at Twin Lakes RC.

The Stony Brook men’s team defeated Lehigh 4-3 on Friday night. The victory snapped Lehigh’s six-match winning streak. Max Sztabholz (Paris, France) won 8-6 in a third set tiebreak at No. 5 singles in the deciding match. Nikita Fomin (Moscow, Russia) won in straight sets at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-2. The women’s team cruised to 7-0 victories over both Lehigh and Albany. The Seawolves did not drop a set in singles action against Lehigh and dropped just one set against Albany. Nini Lagvilava (Tbilisi, Georgia) teamed with freshman Polina Movchan (Kiev, Ukraine) to win a pair of matches at No. 1 doubles. Lagvilava also won two matches at No. 1 singles. Next up for the Seawolves is a road trip to New Haven, Conn. The men take on Marist and Yale this weekend and the women square off against Yale.