UAlbany Women's Tennis Continues Five-Game Roadstand on Thursday

Photo: UAlbany play their second conference game of 2013 against Boston U. on Thursday. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University at Albany women's tennis team continue a five-game roadstand as they travel to play America East opponent Boston University on Thursday, March 28 and Bryant University on Friday, March 29. Match times are both scheduled for 3 p.m. UAlbany (5-8, 1-0 AE) will look to go a perfect 2-0 in conference play after defeating Hartford, 6-1, earlier this season.  

LAST MATCH 
UAlbany traveled to South Carolina to play two away matches in three days. They were defeated by Presbyterian College and the College of Charleston, each by a score of 6-1. Against the Blue Hose, junior Rocio Lopez was the only Great Dane to score a point. She won both her singles and doubles matches. Against the Cougars, freshman Cat Crummey took home the only UAlbany win at the No. 2 singles spot.

SCOUTING OPPONENTS

Boston U.: The Terriers are 6-5 on the season. They open up conference play against UAlbany. Freshman Lauren Davis leads the team in singles. She is 6-5 at the No. 1 spot and 13-9 on the season. As a team, the Terriers are 33-33 in singles dual play. Senior Vivan Laszloffy was named America East Player of the Week on March 19. She is 8-3 in singles play.

Bryant: The Bulldogs are 8-6 (2-1 NEC) on the season. They recently defeated conference opponent Wagner, 7-0, on March 23. Senior Lucy Bird is a team-best 10-3 in singles play. The duo of sophomore Devlin-Ann Ammendola and senior Marcela Brandao are 5-0 in dual play at No. 2 doubles.  

LOPEZ ADDS TO ACCOLADE RESUME
Rocio Lopez was named America East Player of the Week on Tuesday, March 26. This is the second time Lopez has received the honor this season. She was named to the All-America East First Team in 2012. To earn the award, the Georgia Tech transfer triumphed  against Presbyterian, first an 8-1 victory at No. 1 doubles with teammate Kirsten Scott then with a 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (12-10) win at No. 2 singles. She is a team-best 10-2 in singles play for 2013.

FIERCE FRESHMAN
Cat Crummey returned from injury at the beginning of March and has since won four of five matches. A 2012 graduate of Shaker High School, Crummey has quickly climbed up the ranks for the Great Danes. She owns a 7-3 record in singles play this season.

TOP DANES' DOUBLES STREAKING
Team co-captain, Kirsten Scott has teamed up with Rocio Lopez to go 7-1 in doubles play. They currently are riding a five-game win streak at the No. 1 doubles spot. Over the last three matches the two have combined to defeat opponents 32-2.

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 3-5 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.

UMBC TO HOST 2013 AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT
The 2013 America East Tennis Championship will be held at UMBC from April 26-28. Last season UAlbany was defeated by Stony Brook, 4-1, in the first round of the tournament. They went on to win over Hartford, 4-0, in the consolation bracket. Be sure to check back to the official UAlbany women’s tennis website for 2013 tournament details.