Cambridge, Mass. – The UMBC women's tennis team will begin its quest for their first America East title when they face Albany in the conference quarterfinals on Friday, April 29 at 1:00 p.m.
Both the women's and men's championships take place from April 29-May 1 at the Yale Tennis Center in New Haven, Conn.
UMBC (9-8) is seeded fourth in the championship, while the Great Danes are the No. 5 seed. The same two squads battled in the 2010 quarterfinals and the Retrievers posted a 4-0 win over Albany.
Should the Retrievers advance, they would take on top-seeded Binghamton on Sat., April 30 at 1:00 p.m. The title match is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 1.
This spring, UMBC was led by the play of freshman Kim Berghaus (Offenbach,Germany/Leibnizgymnasium). The first-year player reached the 20-win mark this spring, posting marks of 10-3 in doubles and 10-5 in singles... Berghaus competed primarily at the No. 1 singles position for head coach Rob Hubbard's squad.
Sophomore Julia Gregara-Cano (Badajoz, Spain/Fresno State) tied Berghaus with 10 (10-5) singles victories.
The team's lone senior, Emily Mannix (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) produced winning marks in both singles (9-7) and doubles (9-6). She has earned America East All-Conference honors in all three of her previous campaigns.
UMBC has been the America East runners-up in 2004 and 2007, falling to Boston U. in the finals both times. The Terriers have won 17 consecutive America East titles.
For more information on the 2011 America East Tennis Championships, visit Championship Central at AmericaEast.com.