Tennis Defeats ASA College in Shutout on Senior Day
Photo: Irene Santos-Bravo (above) went 2-0 in her final home match for UAlbany.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University at Albany women’s tennis team shutout ASA College, 7-0, on Senior Day inside the Campus Bubble, Tuesday, April 16. Graduate student Irene Santos-Bravo went undefeated in her final home match – winning at No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles. ASA College (8-4) is currently ranked No. 2 nationally at the junior college level.
The Great Danes swept doubles play to open up the match. Junior Rocio Lopez and sophomore Kirsten Scott won their 10th dual match of the season. They clinched the doubles point, winning 9-7, over freshmen Dayana Agasieva and Diana Perez. The duo’s of sophomore Cheryl Kukkonen/freshman Mireille Hermans and freshman Cat Crummey/Santos-Bravo also won, 8-5 and 8-3, respectively.
Lopez clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-1 victory at No. 2 singles over Perez. It was her team-leading 14th dual singles win of the season. Santos-Bravo defeated Agasieva, 6-2, 6-0. As a unit, UAlbany (8-12, 3-2 AE) outscored the Avengers, 64-22.
Elsewhere, Kukkonen recorded her first singles win of the season, 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 4 spot over freshman Teona Tatishvili. Scott, Crummey and Hermans also each won their respective singles matches.
"This was a strong performance by everybody today,” said head coach Gordon Graham. “Our players wanted it more. In every two-set match we were stronger than they were. This is the kind of fight we'll need to have from everybody in the America East Tournament.”
UAlbany will gear up to play their last regular season match at Army College. From there, they will turn towards postseason play. The 2013 America East Tournament will take place from April 26-28 at UMBC.
UALBANY 7, ASA College 0
1. Lopez-Scott (UA) def. Agasieva-Perez (AC) 9-7**
2. Kukkonen-Hermans (UA) def. Tskhakaia-Tatishvili (AC) 8-5
3. Santos-Crummey (UA) def. Rabin-Ouattara (AC) 8-3
Order of finish: 3,1**,2
**=Clinched doubles point for UAlbany
1. Irene Santos (UA) def. Dayana Agasieva (AC) 6-2,6-0
2. Rocio Lopez (UA) def. Diana Perez (AC) 6-4,6-1$$
3. Kirsten Scott (UA) def. Tamar Tskhakaia (AC) 6-4,6-0
4. Cheryl Kukkonen (UA) def. Teona Tatishvili (AC) 6-4,6-1
5. Cat Crummey (UA) def. Vlada Rabin (AC) 8-2
6. Mireille Hermans (UA) def. Fatima Ouattara (AC) 8-4
Order of finish: 1,4,2,3,5,6
$$=Clinched match for UAlbany