UAlbany Women's Tennis Clashes with Stony Brook For No. 1 Conference Seed
Photo: UAlbany will look to claim the No. 1 seed in the America East for the first time in program history.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University at Albany women's tennis team will travel for two matches this weekend with America East seeding implications on the line. First, UAlbany (7-10, 3-1 AE) play Hofstra University on Saturday, April 13. Match time set for 10:00 a.m. They follow at Stony Brook University on Sunday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. The winner of Sunday’s match will claim the No. 1 seed for the 2013 America East Tournament.
The Great Danes defeated UMBC, 4-1, at Varsity Court on Sunday, April 7. UAlbany improved to 3-1 in America East conference play -- also defeating Binghamton University on Saturday. Junior Rocio Lopez and sophomore Kirsten Scott teamed up for their ninth doubles victory of the season. They also both won their singles matches.
Hofstra: The Pride are 6-7 (2-2 CAA) in 2013. They are coming off a 7-0 win over America East opponent Hartford on Wednesday, April 10. They also had a 4-3 victory over Bucknell and 6-1 win over George Mason. Freshman Louise Lopez leads Hofstra in singles play. She is 11-3 (10-2 dual) mostly at the No. 4 position. Freshman Sarah Bowen has reached 10 wins in doubles competition, she’s 10-8 (6-6 dual). The pride have four freshman and three seniors.
Stony Brook: The Seawolves are 8-3 (3-0 AE) this season. They are currently riding a six-game win streak and will play Boston U. on Saturday before hosting UAlbany. They recently defeated both Binghamton and Hartford in conference play. Senior Nini Lagvilava won the clinching point against the Bearcats with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles. Stony Brook dominated Hartford, winning singles matches 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2, 4 and 5, singles, respectively.
TENNIS MAKES HISTORY
UAlbany defeated Binghamton 4-3 on Friday, April 5 and UMBC, 4-1 on Sunday, April 7. Both at Varsity Court. Prior to this season, the Great Danes had never beaten UMBC or Binghamton in the program's Division I era.
LOPEZ MATCHES 2012 TOTALS
Rocio Lopez has twice been named America East Player of the Week in 2013 on her way to a team-best 12-3 record in dual singles play. Last season, 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. With four matches remaining, Lopez has matched her singles record from last season.
WORLD-RANKED SPANIARD AWARDED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Graduate student Irene Santos-Bravo was named America East Tennis Player of the Week on Tuesday, April 9. She won three of four matches over the weekend. Against Binghamton, the Madrid, Spain native won at No. 2 doubles and then stepped into the No. 1 singles slot, earning a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win. Two days later, she won again at No. 1 singles against UMBC, 6-1, 6-3. 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).
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.
NEW YEAR; SAME FACES
UAlbany returns five of seven players from last season. They are led by Rocio Lopez who will play No. 1 singles for the Great Danes this season. They also return sophomores Cheryl Kukkonen, Kirsten Scott, Fran White and senior Sarah Iannone.
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 16. View the entire spring schedule.