Lady Bucs tennis sweeps College of Charleston, 7-0
Senior Sandie Knight is one win away from breaking the school single season wins record
Senior Sandie Knight is one win away from breaking the school single season wins record

Sunday, April 02, 2006

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 2, 2006) - The ETSU women's tennis team recorded their 11th 7-0 sweep of the season, defeating former conference opponent College of Charleston Sunday afternoon. The Lady Bucs improve to 19-4 on the season, while the Lady Cougars fall to 10-9.


In doubles action, the Lady Bucs came out swinging as they swept the Lady Cougars in all three matches. In the No. 2 position, Olya Batsula (Minsk, Belarus) and Tara Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) started the morning off by defeating Jenna Marks and Amanda Becker, 8-2, while Sandie Knight (Adamstown, Australia) and Elena Volobueva (Barcelona, Spain) defeated Ashley Finnegan and Jessica Tuckman, 8-2 to clench the doubles point in the No. 3 position. The doubles team of Masha Ilina (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Sylwia Ziolkowska (Warsaw, Poland) completed the sweep, defeating Chelsea Albertz and Payten Ellington, 8-5 in the No. 1 position.


After winning the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead, the Lady Bucs again dominated College of Charleston winning all six of the matches in straight sets. In the No. 1 position, junior Masha Ilina defeated Chelsea Albertz, 7-5, 6-0, while sophomore Olya Batsula defeated Amanda Becker, 6-3, 6-2, in the No. 2 position. Sandie Knight defeated Ashley Finnegan in the No. 3 position, 6-1, 6-2. Sophomore Elena Volobueva defeated Payten Ellington, 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 4 slot while Tara Byrne defeated Jenna Marks, 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 5 position. In the No. 6 singles position, Sylwia Ziolkowska defeated Kelsey Darnell, 6-3, 6-1


Senior Sandie Knight (28-9) is now one win away from breaking the school record of a 28-win season. She is currently tied with former Lady Buc, Kristy Pace-Wagner and current ETSU player, Masha Ilina.


The ETSU women's tennis team's next match will be Saturday, April 8, against UNC-Greensboro, to close out the regular season before heading to Macon, Ga. for the A-Sun conference tournament. The match will start at 1:00 p.m.


ETSU 7, CoC 0


No. 1- Masha Ilina (ETSU) def. Chelsea Albertz (CoC) 7-5, 6-0
No. 2- Olya Batsula (ETSU) def. Amanda Becker (CoC) 6-3, 6-2
No. 3- Sandie Knight (ETSU) def. Ashley Finnegan (CoC) 6-1, 6-1
No. 4- Elena Volobueva (ETSU) def. Payten Ellington (CoC) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5- Tara Byrne (ETSU) def. Jenna Marks (CoC) 6-1, 6-0
No. 6- Sylwia Ziolkowska (ETSU) def. Kelsey Darnell (CoC) 6-3, 6-1



No. 1- Ziolkowska/Ilina (ETSU) def. Albertz/Ellington (CoC) 8-5
No. 2- Byrne/Batsula (ETSU) def. Marks/Becker (CoC) 8-2
No. 3- Knight/Volobueva (ETSU) def.
Finnegan/Tuckman (CoC) 8-2

Finishing Order- 2, 3*, 1