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Tennis Teams Head to USTA National Tennis Center for America East Championships
Cambridge, Mass.- The UMBC menís and womenís 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 Fridayís 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 transfer Shalini 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 menís side, UMBC, last yearís 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.