UAlbany Women's Tennis Travels for Two Matches This Weekend
Photo: Great Danes travel for two matches this weekend.
Albany, N.Y. -- The University at Albany women's tennis team are be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24 in Hanover, N.H. They face Dartmouth and Fordham. Match-time is set for 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m., respectively. They've started the 2013 spring season with a 2-2 record, losing to Quinnipiac, 6-1, last weekend.
Scouting Dartmouth and Fordham
The Dartmouth women's tennis team won its fourth straight match, topping UMass, 6-1, inside the Boss Tennis Center and Gordon Pavilion. After dropping the season opener to Boston College, the Big Green defeated each of their opponents without surrendering more than one point.
Fordham has started the season at 1-2. They are led by senior Amy Simidian. She was named First Team All-Atlantic 10 and team MVP after a sensational first season. They blanked Manhattan, 7-0, for their first win of the season.
Undefeated Great Dane; Strong Start for Freshman
The Great Danes have won two dual matches behind the rackets of freshman Cat Crummey and senior Rocio Lopez. Lopez is 4-0 in singles play and Crummey is 3-1 to start 2013. Crummey has clinched both match wins at the No. 4 singles spot. Lopez has rotated between the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles position.
World-Ranked Spaniard Takes Talent to UAlbany
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 and April 7. 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.