UAlbany Begins Three Match Road Stand in Carolina on Monday
Photo: UAlbany will play three matches in Carolina this week.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University at Albany women's tennis team will head south for three matches in Carolina over the next week. The road stand begins on Tuesday, March 19, as UAlbany takes on Presbyterian. Match time is set for 1:30 p.m. in Clinton, SC. They will then play the College of Charleston on Wednesday and Coastal Carolina on Saturday. Matches are set for 2:00 p.m.
UAlbany narrowly dropped a match to Sacred Heart on Wednesday, March 13. They were defeated, 4-3. Senior Sarah Iannone won both her singles and doubles matches while the duo of junior Rocio Lopez and sophomore Kirsten Scott won their fourth doubles match in a row.
LOPEZ INCHING UP TO LAST SEASON WIN TOTAL
Rocio Lopez, who was named America East Player of the Week on Tuesday, March 5 has been sensational for the Great Danes in singles play. The Georgia Tech transfer is 9-2 this season, 6-2 at the No. 1 singles spot. She has won eight of her last nine matches. Last season, Lopez was named team MVP after posting a 12-5 record in singles play and is looking to surpass those numbers this year.
CAT CRUMMEY SHOWS STRENGTH AFTER INJURY
Freshman Cat Crummey returned from injury at the beginning of March with three straight singles wins. The 2012 Shaker High School graduate defeated Sacred Heart's Paige Olson, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. This followed two wins last week in singles competition. Crummey trails only Lopez for the team's most singles wins. She is 6-2. The freshman duo, Crummey and Mireille Hermans are 4-4 in doubles play this season.
TOP DANES' DOUBLES CONTINUE STREAKING
Team co-captain, Kirsten Scott has teamed up with Lopez to go 6-1 in doubles play. They currently are riding a four-game win streak at the No. 1 doubles spot. Over the last three matches the two have combined to defeat opponents 24-1.
WORLD-RANKED SPANIARD TAKES TALENT TO UALBANY
Head coach Gordon Graham announced the signing of graduate student Irene Santos-Bravo for the team's 2013 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 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 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 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