UAlbany Tennis to Host Sacred Heart on Wednesday
Photo: UAlbany is coming off two wins last weekend as they conclude a four-game homestand.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University at Albany women's tennis team are be back in action
on Wednesday, March 13 as they host Sacred Heart inside Tri-City Fitness. Match
time is set for 2 p.m. The Great Danes are concluding a four-game homestand
before hitting the road for five straight matches.
LAST WEEKEND'S MATCHES
UAlbany won two matches in 14 hours to raise
their record to 5-5 on Saturday, March 9. First they defeated crosstown rival
Siena, 4-3, before winning their first America East Conference dual match
against Hartford, 6-1.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Sacred Heart: The
Pioneers have started the season 3-4 and 2-0 in MAAC play. They are led by
freshman Katie Derienzo and junior Gabi Kaldan in singles play, 10-4 and 9-7,
respectively. Kaldan is undefeated in conference play. In doubles play, the combination
of Kaldan and freshman Paige Olson are 2-4 at the No. 1 doubles spot. Derienzo
and freshman Lindsey Post are 3-3 at No. 2 doubles.
LOPEZ CONTINUES TO DOMINATE
Rocio Lopez was named America East Player of the Week on Tuesday, March 5. Since then, the
junior Georgia Tech transfer went 4-0 in combined singles and doubles play. She
is now a team-best 9-1 in singles this season. A native of Madrid, Spain, Lopez easily defeated
both her opponents last weekend. Her win against Siena over Brittany Filip,
6-1, 6-2, clinched the match. In doubles play, her and sophomore teammate, Kirsten Scott, combined to
beat opponents 16-1.
CAT CRUMMEY RETURNS TO ACTION
Freshman sensation Cat Crummey returned from injury last weekend and claimed
two singles victories, adding a third victory in doubles play. The Shaker High
School graduate clinched the match against Hartford with a 6-0, 6-1 win. She
also took care of business in the early match, defeating Siena’s Cassie Byaz,
6-0, 6-3. She is now 5-2 in singles play this season.
CO-CAPTAIN HAS STRONG WEEKEND
Sophomore and team co-captain, Kirsten Scott, went undefeated over the weekend.
She teamed up with Rocio Lopez for two doubles wins at the No. 1 spot. In
singles play, Scott had a strong weekend, winning both her matches, 6-1, 3-2
(ret.) and 6-0, 6-1, respectively. Scott looks to be recovered from an injury earlier this season and will bring her veteran experience to the top of the
Great Danes lineup as they continue dual matches.
WORLD-RANKED SPANIARD TAKES TALENT TO UALBANY
Head coach Gordon Graham announced the signing
of Irene Bravo for the team's 2013 spring
season. 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
has slotted into the top three singles spots, compiling a 3-3 dual record.
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, Fran 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
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