UAlbany Women's Tennis to Host Senior Day on Tuesday
Photo: Irene Santos-Bravo, Sarah Iannone and Fran White will all play their final home match with UAlbany on Tuesday, April 16.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University at Albany women's tennis team play their final home match of the 2013 season as they host ASA College on Tuesday, April 16. Match time is set for 1:00 p.m. at Varsity Court. UAlbany (7-12, 3-2 AE) will be hosting their Senior Day celebration before the match.
The Great Danes dropped two matches in Long Island on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. First, UAlbany visited Hofstra University where they were defeated, 4-3. They then lost a conference match to Stony Brook, 7-0. Junior Rocio Lopez won her team-high 13th singles match of the season against the Pride.
ASA College: ASA College (8-3) will be the first non-Division I team the Great Danes play this season. They are currently ranked No. 3 in the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Avengers lost to Stony Brook on March 27, 7-0. All seven members of the team are underclassman, including five freshmen. They had an impressive 4-3 win over Morehead State in February.
HONORING THE SENIORS
Tuesday will be the final match for three members of UAlbany women’s tennis team -- senior Sarah Iannone, graduate student Irene Santos-Bravo and sophomore Fran White. All three have played pivotal roles for the Great Danes in 2013. Iannone and White have teamed up for the majority of the season at No. 3 double’s while Santos-Bravo has spent 2013 at No. 1 doubles and No. 1-3 singles.
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 LEADS GREAT DANES IN 2013
Rocio Lopez has twice been named America East Player of the Week in 2013 on her way to a team-best 13-4 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.
WORLD-RANKED SPANIARD AWARDED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.