Women's tennis knocks off BU to advance to America East finals

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April 28, 2012

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Flushing, N.Y. - Freshman Polina Movchan won 6-1 in the third set in the deciding match as the No. 4 Stony Brook women's tennis team upset the top-seeded and 18-time defending champion Boston University Terriers, 4-3, on Saturday in the semifinal round of the 2012 America East Championships. The victory sends the Seawolves to the America East finals against No. 2 UMBC on Sunday at 10 a.m.

With the teams tied 3-3, the match came down to Movchan against BU's Leonie-Charlotte Athanasiadis at No. 2 singles. Movchan had dropped the first set but won 7-5 in a second set tiebreaker and then rolled to a 6-1 victory in the third set.

Stony Brook will be going for its first ever championship on women's side on Sunday against UMBC. The Retrievers defeated Stony Brook, 5-2, during the regular season.

Stony Brook opened the match by taking a closely contest doubles point. Seniors Katherine Hanson (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Prerana Appineni (Hyderabad, India) first won 8-4 at No. 2.

Senior Salome Mkervalidze (Smithtown, N.Y.) and junior Chloe Pike (Bristol, England) then won 7-4 in a tiebreaker to give the Seawolves a 1-0 lead heading to singles action.

Pike had to retire after one game at No. 5 singles as BU tied the match 1-1. But sophomore Nini Lagvilava (Tbilisi, Georgia) won in straight sets at No. 1 to give the Seawolves a 2-1 lead.

BU won at No. 3 and No. 6 singles in three sets while Appineni won in three sets at No. 4 as the match came down to the duel between Movchan and Athanasiadis at No. 2 singles.

 

 

Movchan is now 17-2 this season at No. 2 singles.