Friday, March 20, 2009
Byrne moves to second on all-time wins list
BUIES CREEK, N.C. (March 20, 2009) - With history being made the ETSU women's tennis team swung past Atlantic Sun Conference rival Campbell 7-0, Friday afternoon at the Nisbet Tennis Center in Buies Creek, N.C. With the win ETSU improves to 6-4 overall and a perfect 4-0 in A-Sun action, while Campbell falls to 9-6 and 1-2 in conference play.
ETSU opened play by taking the doubles point from the Fighting Camels. All three ETSU doubles teams swept Campbell 8-6 giving the Lady Bucs an early 1-0 lead.
As singles action started senior Tara Byrne (Johnson City) stayed unbeaten in A-Sun play making quick work of Borislava Nikolova, 6-0, 6-1 in 35 minutes. With the win Byrne now sits in second-place on the ETSU all-time wins list with 95 career victories. The Tri-Cities native is only eight wins shy of the former Lady Buc great Masha Illina.
After Byrne gave ETSU a 2-0 advantage junior Yevgeniya Stupak (Kyiv, Ukraine) picked up her 18 straight win dropping Blanca Saenz, 6-3, 6-1, while freshman Karina Kedzo (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela), playing No. 3 singles, extend the Lady Bucs lead to 4-0, defeating Ana Surviladze, 6-3, 6-1.
As ETSU continued to roll freshman Paula Jamie (Madrid, Spain) picked up her fourth conference win of the spring dropping Cristina Garcia, 7-5, 6-1, while sophomore Tara Sheets (Gate City, Va.) won her fifth straight in No. 5 singles action defeating Anais Gomar, 6-3, 6-4.
Rounding out the Lady Bucs scores was sophomore Andra Voinea (Brasov, Romania), who picked up her first win of the spring defeating Cortney Armitano. Voinea took the first set 6-4, before Armitano retired in the second giving ETSU the victory.
"Today's match was very competitive," said head coach Steve Brooks. "Campbell played well early in doubles, but our girls responded by playing hard and making sure we got the points we needed for the win. This was a good match overall and every player for us responded like they need to for us to stay atop the A-Sun standings."
The Lady Bucs will now return to action as they stay in North Carolina to face UNC-Charlotte with a 1:00 p.m., match Sunday in Charlotte, N.C.
Attached above is final results of the Lady Bucs match with Campbell. For more information on future ETSU women's tennis news and matches please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.
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