BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Top seeded New Paltz defeated fourth seeded Cortland, 5-0, in the first State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) women's tennis semifinal of the day while second seeded Oneonta topped No. 3 Geneseo, 5-0, in the second match, Saturday at the Binghamton Tennis Center. The Hawks (8-1) and Red Dragons (12-3) will return to the Binghamton Tennis Center to compete for the 2019 SUNYAC title, Sunday at 1 p.m.
New Paltz took the early lead against Cortland winning all three doubles. Trinity Chow (Glen Cove, N.Y.) and and Onalee Batcheller (Westhampton Beach, N.Y.) sealed the win with wins at first and fifth singles respectively, 6-1, 6-0.
Oneonta fought to win all three doubles matches against Geneseo to secure its first three points. Mya Lipscomb (Peekskill, N.Y.) went on to win first singles (6-4, 6-2) and Maxie Karen (New York, N.Y.) won fourth singles (6-1, 6-0) to take the team win.
New Paltz, the 2018 champions, will look to defend the title and clinch it's sixth overall SUNYAC crown. Oneonta will be fighting to win its first-ever SUNYAC women's tennis title.
Cortland ends its season 7-5 overall and Geneseo finishes 7-3.
The SUNYAC Elite 20, an award modeled after the NCAA ELITE 90 program, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the conference championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. This year's Women's Tennis Elite 20 was presented to New Paltz's Emma Messenger (Milton, N.Y.) Saturday prior to the semifinal match.