Sunday, October 07, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. (Oct. 7, 2007) - The Lady Bucs tennis team continued its successful run at the Virginia Tech Fall Invitational on Sunday as sophomore Yevgeniya Stupak (Kyiv, Ukraine) took the Flight A singles title.
Stupak continued her stellar play as she breezed by Virginia Tech's J.J. Larson in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0 in the semifinal match before defeating Ohio State's Christina Keesey, 6-4, 6-3 to take the title.
Wrapping up consolation play in Flight A, Tara Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) cruised past Kristin Nimitz of James Madison, 6-0, 6-2.
Competing in the Flight B consolation bracket Olya Batsula (Minsk, Belarus) fell to Paige Kensrue of Elon, 7-5, 2-1 before retiring.
In Flight C action, Elena Volobueva (Barcelona, Spain) defeated J.J. Larson of Virginia Tech, 7-6(7), 6-3 and earned a third place finish in the flight.
In Flight D, Whitney Trotter (Guadalajara, Mexico) rallied from a set down to defeat Radford's Ashton Downs, 1-6, 6-2, 10-3 for a fifth place finish.
Competing in Flight E consolation Brittany Stewart (Brentwood, Tenn.) fell to Jessica Margolis of Elon, 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles action, Stupak and Batsula fell in a hard-fought, 9-8(5) battle for the Flight A title to Inga Beermann and Jessica Brouwer of Virginia Tech to finish in second place, while Trotter and Volobueva defeated Aditi Krishnan and Joanna Woo of Eastern Michigan, 8-2 for a third place finish in Flight B.
"It was a good day for ETSU tennis. The highlight was that Yevgeniya won her flight. It was a great tournament with a few currently ranked players and several that had been ranked. Everyone played really well and I'm pleased with the results," said head coach Steve Brooks.
The ETSU women's tennis team will be back in action on Oct. 12 as they travel to Colorado to compete in the United States Air Force Academy Invitation. For all ETSU women's tennis news visit www.ETSUBucs.com.
Flight A Consolation
Tara Byrne (ETSU) def. Kristin Nimitz (JMU) 6-0, 6-2
Beermann/Brouwer (VT) def. Batsula/Stupak (ETSU) 9-8(5)
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