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Women's Tennis Ousted by Top-Seeded Binghamton; Retrievers Edged, 4-2
New Haven, Conn.—The fourth-seeded UMBC women’s tennis team took top-seeded Binghamton to the brink, but the Bearcats prevailed, 4-2, in the semifinal round of the America East Conference Tournament at Yale University.
The No. 1 doubles duo of senior Alice Chen (North Potomac, Md./Quince Orchard) and freshman Heidi Danielsson (Jonkoping, Sweden) defeated the No. 1 squad of the Bearcats, 8-5, but the Retrievers dropped the Nos. 2 and 3 matches to lose the doubles point.
Trailing, 2-0, freshman Lorena Valente (Florianopolis, Brazil) got UMBC on the board with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Binghamton’s Santos. Senior Barbara Couto (Teresopolis, Brazil) fell at No. 6 singles, but Danielsson trimmed the deficit to 3-2 with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win at the No. 5 position.
UMBC needed wins at both the Nos. 1 and 2 positions to complete the upset, and had a chance when Chen, at No. 1 singles, and sophomore Carmen Jackman (Silver Spring, Md./Blake), at the No. 2 slot, each took their matches to the third set. Chen led, 5-4, in the third set, but Jackman fell, 6-3, in the final set and the Bearcats captured the fourth and deciding point.
UMBC completes the season with a record of 15-8, after a 7-7 mark a season ago.