Binghamton's Ruben Haggai picks up his first Player of the Week Award this season.
Binghamton's Ruben Haggai picks up his first Player of the Week Award this season.
Courtesy: America East Communications

A Bearcat and Great Dane Tabbed Tennis Players of the Week

Release: 03/14/2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After posting wins during their spring break trips, Binghamton’s Ruben Haggai (St. Denis, Reunion Islands) and Albany’s Rocio Lopez Alberca (Madrid, Spain/Georgia Tech) collect Men’s and Women’s Player of the Week nods.

Haggai picks up his first player of the week award after winning both of his singles matches over the weekend. The Bearcat sophomore rallied for a three-set win at No. 5 singles against No. 43 UNC-Wilmington one day after rolling to a 6-1, 6-2 win at the No. 6 spot against No. 21 NC State. He evened his singles record at 10-10 this season.

Lopez Alberca went a combined 4-0 in her matches over the last week, all at the No. 1 position. Against Army, she defeated Erin Colton in three sets, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 to clinch the match for the Danes. Lopez then went on to collect a singles win at Florida Atlantic in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. The team of Lopez and Livia Gherman also went 2-0 in doubles action this week.

split a pair of matches last week, collecting a 4-3 home win over Army last Thursday before heading south to Boca Raton Fla., and dropping the first match of its spring break trip to Florida Atlantic, 6-1. Rocio Lopez Alberca went 2-0 against Florida Atlantic with wins at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles with partner Livia Gherman (Zalau Salaj, Romania/Washington State). Lopez also took the No. 1 spot against Army’s Erin Colton in three sets to secure the win for Albany. The Great Danes stand at 7-5 overall and finish their spring break trip against Cleveland State on Thursday.

The Binghamton men’s tennis team traveled to North Carolina and pushed a pair of ranked opponents to the wire before suffering two 4-3 losses. On Saturday, the Bearcats lost the doubles point before splitting the six singles matches against No. 21 NC State. One day later, the same formula played out as No. 43 UNC-Wilmington used the doubles point to get the win. Ruben Haggai and Ismael Dinia (Rabat, Morocco) each went 2-0 in singles action. The Binghamton women fell on the road to St. Bonaventure in a tightly contested match, 4-3, on Saturday. Seniors Emma Leibowicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./Taylor Allderdice) and Marina Bykovskaya (Saratov, Russia/Secondary School 8) picked up singles wins for the Bearcats. The women return to action next week when they travel to take on Syracuse on Mar. 23 while the men will play three matches next week at Army against the host Black Knights, Yale and St. Bonaventure.

The Boston University women battled with No. 18 Yale before falling at home, 6-1, last Thursday. Sophomore Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis (Haltern am See, Germany/Joseph Koenig Gymnasium) and junior Jessi Linero (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) triumphed over the nation’s 22nd-ranked doubles pair, Vicky Brook/Hanna Yu, with an 8-5 victory before junior Vivien Laszloffy (Budapest, Hungary/Thomas Mann Gymnasium) and senior Petra Santini (Sibenik, Croatia/Gimnazija Za Dopisno Obrazovanje Birotehnika) lost a tiebreaker to No. 38 Steph Kent/Blair Seiderman in the 9-8(6) loss. Laszloffy rebounded by defeating Elizabeth Epstein, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the top singles spot. Epstein was ranked as high as No. 92 last fall. After facing their third ranked team of the dual season, the Terriers started their spring break trip to Charleston, S.C., with a 5-2 loss to Rutgers on Monday. Athanasiadis led Boston U. with the win in the No. 2 singles slot. The Terriers will end the week with College of Charleston (March 14) and Davidson (March 17).  The Boston U. men started their Spring Break trip to California with a 7-0 loss at Loyola Marymount on Sunday afternoon and followed with a 5-2 loss on Tuesday against Fairleigh Dickinson. The Terriers will next  face Western Illinois on Thursday (March 15) followed by Gonzaga (March 16).

Hartford is off for another two weeks before returning to the courts the weekend of Mar. 28.

The UMBC women’s tennis team ran its winning streak to five straight with victories over South Carolina-Upstate and Longwood over the weekend. The Retrievers improved to 8-5 on the season after the 6-1 win over USCU and the 4-3 decision over the Lancers. Freshman Isabel Aldunate (Bowie, Md./Home School) teamed with junior Kyri Hadji (West Sunshine, Australia/Westbourne Grammar) to take the final doubles match against Longwood and capture the point for the Retrievers. Aldunate then rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 match-clinching victory at No. 4 singles. A day earlier, UMBC won two of three doubles matches and five of six in singles to defeat USC-Upstate. After winning four straight matches, the UMBC men have dropped five straight to fall to 4-6 on the campaign. The Retrievers opened the match with a 4-3 loss to Liberty. Freshmen won singles matches at the Nos. 4, 5, and 6 positions, all in third-set tie breaks. Juan Manuel Aranzazu (Ibaguge, Colombia/Colegio Tolimense), Daniel Gray (Bowiew, Md./Bullis School) and Kamel Patel (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) won those contests for the Retrievers. The men face Howard at home on Friday before both teams head to Texas for three matches over spring break.

Stony Brook’s
men’s tennis squad dropped its only match of the week, falling to Princeton by the final of 7-0. The women did not compete. Both teams return to action this weekend with matches at Brown in Rhode Island.