Vestal, N.Y. – The UMBC women's tennis team took a 2-0 lead, but the host Binghamton Bearcats (6-9) won four consecutive singles matches to edge the Retrievers, 4-3, at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
Senior Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) stayed hot for UMBC (6-10), triumphing with relative ease in both singles and doubles. Classmate Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden) also was victorious in a pair of matches during the morning and early afternoon.
Berghaus and sophomore Madlena Kuracz (Zlotoryja, Poland) opened the contest with an 8-2 triumph at No. 2 doubles, while Stange-Jonsson combined with sophomore Shannon Cleary (Little Bay, NSW, Australia) to triumph at No. 1 doubles, 8-2, to clinch the doubles point for the Retrievers.
As singles commenced, Berghaus dropped only two games in a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Alexis Tashiro. But the hosts prevailed in four tightly-contested matches, clinching the victory when Shea Brodsky edged Isabel Alduante (Bowie, Md.), 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 4 slot.
However, Stange-Jonsson continued to fight for the final point and outlasted Annie DiMuro, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-5.
Berghaus and Stange-Jonsson will play in their final match at the Retriever Tennis Complex on Sunday when UMBC hosts Coppin State.
Binghamton 4, UMBC 3
Doubles (order of finish 2,1)
Stange-Jonnson/Cleary, UMBC def. Brodsky/Tashiro, Bing, 8-2
Berghaus/Kurasz, UMBC def. Ambrozy/DiMuro, Bing, 8-2
Chitu/Kohtz, Bing vs. Dolashvili/Aldunte, UMBC, DNF
Berghaus, UMBC def. Tashiro, Bing, 6-1, 6-1
Medianik, Bing def. Kurasz, UMBC, 6-4, 6-3
Kohtz, Bing def. Dolashvili, UMBC, 6-3, 6-4
Brodsky, Bing def. I. Aldunte, UMBC, 6-4, 6-4
Stange-Jonnson, UMBC def. DiMuro, Bing, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 7-5
Ambrozy, Bing def. A. Aldunte, UMBC, 6-4, 7-5