Bethlehem, Pa.- UAlbany tennis split this weekend's matches at Lehigh with a win against host Mountain Hawks, 6-1, and a loss to conference foe Stony Brook, 7-0, this past weekend. The Great Danes are currently 6-3 overall and 0-2 in the America East Conference. UAlbany heads to Fairfield on Saturday, March 3 for its lone match this upcoming week.
On Saturday, UAlbany fell early in the match to Stony Brook, 1-0, after dropping all three doubles matches quickly. The Seawolves were able to win each doubles match by 8-2 or better. In the singles matches, Stony Brook was able to win the match outright, 4-0, by winning the first three singles.
UAlbany's No. 4 singles player, Cheryl Kukkonen, would take her match the farthest of the Great Danes going into three sets before falling in the third set to Chloe Pike, 6-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5).
On Sunday, UAlbany would have better results by starting the match up 1-0 over host Lehigh, winning all three doubles matches. The doubles point was capped by the No. 3 tandem of Aubrey Brooks/Sarah Iannone winning the clincher and their sixth match of the season.
Then in the singles matches, the Great Danes win take the match, 4-0, with wins by No. 1 singles Rocio Lopez Alberca, No. 2 singles Kirsten Scott, and No. 4 singles Cheryl Kukkonen in straight sets.
STONY BROOK 7, UALBANY 0
1. Lagvilava-Movchan (SB) def. Lopez-Gherman (UA) 8-1
2. Hanson-Mkervalidze (SB) def. Scott-Kukkonen (UA) 8-2
3. Pike-Appineni (SB) def. Iannone-Brooks (UA) 8-1*
Order of finish: 2,3,1.
*Doubles point clincher.
1. Nini Lagvilava (SB) def. Rocio Lopez (UA) 6-2,6-2$
2. Polina Movchan (SB) def. Kirsten Scott (UA) 6-0,6-0
3. Katherine Hanson (SB) def. Livia Gherman (UA) 6-2,6-0
4. Chloe Pike (SB) def. Cheryl Kukkonen (UA) 6-7(4), 6-2, 1-0 (5)
5. Prerana Appineni (SB) def. Aubrey Brooks (UA) 6-1,6-1
6. Salome Mkervalidze (SB) def. Sarah Iannone (UA) 6-4,6-2
Order of finish: 2,3,1,5,4,6
$ Match clinching win.
ALBANY 6, LEHIGH 1
1. Lopez-Gherman (UA) def. Bilimoria-Piscitelli (L) 8-4
2. Scott-Kukkonen (UA) def. Farrell-Larkin (L) 9-7
3. Iannone-Brooks (UA) def. Drucker-Bruch (S) 8-5*
Order of finish: 1,3,2.
*Doubles point clincher.
1. Rocio Lopez (UA) def. Jenai Bilimoria (L) 6-0,6-0
2. Kirsten Scott (UA) def. Abby Farrell (L) 6-0, 6-1
3. Livia Gherman (UA) def. Liz Piscitelli (L) 0-6,6-2,6-2
4. Cheryl Kukkonen (UA) def. Kathleen Larkin (L) 6-3,6-2 $
5. Gabby Drucker (L) def. Sarah Iannone (UA) 3-6,6-2,1-0 (8)
6. Aubrey Brooks (UA) def. Jill Sloand (L) 6-2,6-1
Exhibition: Molly Brooks (L) def. Francine White (UA) 8-2
Order of finish: 1,2,4,3,6,5
$ Match clincher.
UALBANY RECORDS: 6-3 (Overall); 0-2 (AmericaEast)