Tennis Teams Head to USTA National Tennis Center for America East Championships
Cambridge, Mass.- The UMBC men's and women's tennis teams compete for the 2012 America East Championships at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., April 27-29.
The women (14-7) will be seeded No. 2 behind 18-time defending champion Boston University. They will face the winner of Friday's quarterfinal match between No. 3 Binghamton vs. No. 6 Hartford in the semifinals at 10:00 a.m. on Sat., April 28.
The men (9-9) are the third seed and will face No. 2 Stony Brook in the semifinals on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The Retrievers dropped a narrow 4-3 decision to the Seawolves in Baltimore on April 6. For the third consecutive year, the Binghamton men grabbed the top seed for the championships.
The UMBC women posted a 4-1 record against conference opponents this spring and enter the championship on a four match winning streak. Six of the seven UMBC entrants in the championship have winning records in singles action this year lead by graduate student transferShalini Sahoo (New Dehli, India/TCU). Sahoo enjoyed tremendous success in her first season in Baltimore with a 20-8 record combined at No. 1 and No.2 singles and collected another 12 wins in doubles action with sophomore Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden/De La Gardiegymnasiet). Stange-Jonsson posted an impressive 18-9 mark in singles competition this spring.
The Retrievers feature only one senior, Carmen Jackman (Silver Spring, Md./Blake), who has over 100 career victories (104) to her credit.
On the men's side, UMBC, last year's runner-up, played to an even .500 record against America East opponents during the regular season and will lean on the veteran leadership of senior Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz./North Canyon) to advance in the tournament. Adewumi is one victory away from the 100th of his career and has been solid at No. 2 singles. The senior forms a doubles pair with freshman Kamal Patel (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) that posted a 3-1 record this spring.
Adewumi led the Retrievers with 23 victories this spring, followed closely by freshmen Patel (21) and Daniel Gray (Germantown, Md./The Bullis School).
For complete championship information, including the complete tournament bracket and match times, visit Championship Central at www.americaeast.com.