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The New York tennis community joins Binghamton University in mourning the loss of Stefani Lineva, a 20-year old tennis standout for the Bearcats who was found dead on Saturday morning.
A native of Forest Hills, Queens, Lineva played her high school tennis at Forest Hills High School where she played in the top singles spot and reached the finals of the PSAL individual tournament in 2014.
Following high school, Lineva went to Adelphi University where she won Northeast-10 (NE-10) Rookie of the Year honors, going 14-4 in the first singles flight and posting a 17-2 record in doubles. In her sophomore year, Lineva helped Adelphi clinch its first NE-10 conference championship, posting a straight-sets win at first singles in the conference title match.
She transferred to Binghamton this year.
According to police, Livena was found around 2:00 a.m. on Saturday morning on the lying on Route 384 in an apparent hit-and-run. She had severe injuries which they say is consistent with being a hit by car, but no car or driver has been found. She was taken to UHS Wilson Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
“It is with deep sadness that I share news of the death of a student, Stefani Lineva. It was Stefani’s first semester on campus. She was a member of our tennis team who had transferred from Adelphi. The loss of someone so young and talented is almost impossible to imagine and impacts our entire community,” said Binghamton President Harvey Stenger. “We will miss Stefani’s spirit, passion and engagement with everyone she touched on our campus.
On behalf of the University community, I offer my deepest condolences to Stefani’s family, teammates, classmates and all who knew and loved her. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts as we all mourn her loss.”