Vestal, N.Y.-The UMBC women's tennis team won for the fourth time in five meetings with America East foes as they defeated host Binghamton, 5-2 on April 14.
The Retrievers have won four straight matches, 11 of their last 13 and improved to 14-7 on the season. They snapped a six-match losing streak to the Bearcats, which extended back to the spring of 2007.
UMBC has the best record of any conference school in America East at 4-1; Stony Brook is currently at 3-1, while BostonUniversity is 2-1.
UMBC drew momentum from earning the doubles point in dramatic fashion. At the deciding match, the No. 2 tandem of graduate student Shalini Sahoo (New Dehli, India) and sophomore Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden) captured a tie breaker and defeated the Binghamton pair of Jillian Santos/Missy Edelbaum, 9-8 (7-5).
The top portion of the ladder breezed in their singles matches and clinched the contest for UMBC. Sahoo overwhelmed Santos, 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 1 position and sophomore Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) also only dropped two games in a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Taylor Hollander at the No. 2 slot.
At the No. 3 flight, senior Carmen Jackman (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) earned the match-winning point with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Marina Bykovskaya.
Stange-Jonsson continued her dominant play and earned UMBC's fifth point by virtue of a 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) victory over Edelblum at the No. 6 position.
The Retrievers have no scheduled matches until the America East Conference Championships, set for the the U.S. Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., beginning on April 27.