#Seawolves down UMBC to advance to America East Championship final

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April 26, 2014

Columbia, Md. - The Stony Brook women's tennis team will be vying for a third straight America East Championship title after a 4-2 victory over No. 4 UMBC Saturday at the Wilde Lake Tennis Club.

The Seawolves, seeded first, entered singles play up 1-0 with wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles. The strong duo of juniors Polina Movchan (Kiev, Ukraine) and Cassandra Dix (Northamptonshire, U.K.) captured an 8-2 win at No. 2. Freshman Nadia Smergut (New York, N.Y.) and sophomore Becky Shtilkind (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won 8-5 at No. 3.

With the match tied 2-2, Movchan claimed a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles to put the Seawolves ahead. Dix outlasted Josefin Stange-Jonsson, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, to clinch the match for Stony Brook.

Smergut's 6-1, 7-5 victory at No. 3 singles tied the match at two apiece.

Stony Brook will face No. 3 NJIT, which upset No. 2 Binghamton, 4-3, tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.

No. 1 Stony Brook 4, No. 4 UMBC 2
1. Stange-Jonsson/Cleary (UMBC) def. Osabuohien/Badoche (SBU) 8-6
2. Movchan/Dix (SBU) def. Berghaus/Kurasz (UMBC) 8-2
3. Smergut/Shtilkind (SBU) def. Dolashvili/I. Alduante (UMBC) 8-5
Order of finish: 2,1,3

1. Polina Movchan (SBU) def. Kim Berghaus (UMBC) 6-2, 6-4
2. Madlena Kurasz (UMBC vs. Jackie AltanSarnai (SBU) 3-6, 7-6, 0-1, unfinished
3. Mariami Dolashvili (UMBC) def. Adey Osabuohien (SBU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Nadia Smergut (SBU) def. Isabel Aldunate (UMBC) 6-1, 7-5
5. Cassandra Dix (SBU) def. Josefin Stange-Jonsson (UMBC) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
6. Shannon Cleary (UMBC) def. Becky Shtilkind (SBU) 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: 6,3,4,1,5