Women's Tennis to Host Providence Sunday; Postponed Match Rescheduled for Thursday
Photo: UAlbany will host two matches within the next week.
Albany, N.Y. -- The University at Albany women's tennis team will be back in action on Sunday, Feb. 10 as they take on Providence College at Tri-City Fitness in Latham, N.Y. Match time is set for 2 p.m. Coach Gordon Graham also announced the make-up date and location for Saturday’s postponed match against Fairfield University. It has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb 14 at 3 p.m. inside the University bubble.
Providence is 5-1 on the season. Their only loss came to the University of Massachusetts on Sept. 27, 2012. They've had four straight shutout wins. This included a 4-0 victory last Saturday over Fairfield, who the Great Danes play Thursday. The Stags are 1-2 on the season. They won their only conference match this season on the road against Rider University, 7-0, on Sept. 12, 2012.
Freshman Leads Way to Dual Victory
The Great Danes clinched last Friday's home opener, a 4-3 win over Marist College, off the racket of Cat Crummey. The freshman won both her doubles and singles match. First, along with freshman Mireille Hermans, the two won six straight games to take down Red Fox opponents Kaye Eastman and Melissa Carlay, 8-3. Crummey then clinched the dual competition in singles play with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Carlay.
Reliable Veteran Experience
2012 America East First Team selection, Rocio Lopez and her Great Dane teammate, sophomore Kirsten Scott, rolled to victory in the No. 1 doubles spot against Marist. They defeated Kelsey Raynor and Joana Sun, 8-3. Both also won in singles play. Scott defeated Raynor, 6-1, 3-2 (ret., inj.) and Lopez defeated Eastman, 6-0, 6-2.
World-Ranked Spaniard is
No. 1 Dane
Head coach Gordon Graham announced the signing of Irene Santos-Bravo for the team's upcoming spring season. Santos-Bravo, a globally-recognized singles player, has ranked as high as No. 18 in Spain and No. 443 in the world by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). Santos-Bravo will slot into the No. 1 singles role for the Great Danes. She debuted for UAlbany at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic on Jan. 18.
No Place(s) Like Home
UAlbany will split time at three different locations for home matches this season. These include Tri-City Fitness, 944 New Loudon Road, Latham, N.Y.; SPORTIME, 2699 Curry Road, Schenectady, N.Y. and Varsity Court on the University campus. Matches will be at the specified location on the following dates. Tri-City Fitness: Feb. 1, Feb. 10 and March 13; SPORTIME: Feb. 9 (rescheduled for University bubble), March 3 and March 9; Varsity Court: April 5, April 7 and April 20. View the entire spring schedule.
New Year; Same Faces
UAlbany returns five of seven players from last season. They are led by junior Rocio Lopez who will play No. 2 singles for the Great Danes this season. They also return sophomores Cheryl Kukkonen, Kirsten Scott, Francine White and senior Sarah Iannone. Lopez was selected as the 2011-12 Team MVP and also honored to the America East All-Conference First Team. She claimed UAlbany's best record in both singles and doubles, 12-5 and 15-4, respectively.
UAlbany will look to improve on their 2012 finish. The Great Danes fell in the first round of the 2012 America East Tournament to Stony Brook, 4-0. They defeated Hartford, 4-0, in the consolation bracket. The team prepped in the fall season at three collegiate tournaments including the Brown Indoor Invitational, Middlebury Invitational and Cornell Invitational.