April 13, 2013

Danielsson Shines on "Senior Day", Leads Women's Tennis to 5-2 Victory Over League Foe Binghamton

BALTIMORE- Strong play on "Senior Day" gave the UMBC women's tennis team the win over conference rival Binghamton University, taking the match, 5-2.

Heidi Danielsson (Jonkoping, Sweden), the lone senior on the squad, performed brilliantly, triumphing at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles.

UMBC got off to a promising start as all three doubles teams for the Retrievers won their matches. Junior Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden) and freshman partner Shannon Cleary (Little Bay, NSW, Australia) beat the Binghamton duo with a score of 8-3 to open the match.

Danielsson and freshman partner Julia Sauer (Aschaffenburg, Germany) took the win over Binghamton's Katherine Medianik and Alexis Tashiro by the score of 8-6. The third pair consisting of sophomore Isabel Aldunate (Bowie, Md.) and her freshman partner, Madlena Kurasz (Zlotoryja, Poland) triumphed, 8-5.

Stange-Jonsson opened singles play by winning in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 over Binghamton's Katherine Medianik at the No. 4 slot. Cleary had a great performance winning her sets 6-2, 7-5 at the No. 6 position to give UMBC a 3-0 lead.

Danielsson played a terrific singles match and rolled over her opponent, 6-2, 6-3, clinching the victory for the Retrievers.  

In a three-set match, Kurasz lost the first set and battled back to take the next two sets, winning 4-6,7-5 (10-4) and provide the Retrievers' an insurance point.    

Up next for the Retrievers is the America East Tournament being held at the UMBC Tennis Complex on April 26-April 28.