Sunday, March 17, 2013
Lady Bucs coast through weekend
CULLOWHEE, N.C. (March 17, 2013) – The ETSU women’s tennis team completed a two-win weekend with a sweep, 7-0, over Western Carolina Sunday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
Freshman Lyn Yee Choo (Kuching, Malaysia) extended her winning streak to seven matches, defeating Shannon Bettiol, 6-3, 6-1, in the No. 4 hole. The win moves Choo’s 2012-13 overall record to a team-best 22-7, 9-1 dual. She and classmate Anna Gerbasi (Caracas, Venezuela) stayed hot in doubles, earning an 8-5 set win in the top match. Choo and Gerbasi have won their last five doubles matches and stand at 17-8 overall, 6-2 dual.
The rest of the ETSU (6-4, 1-0 A-Sun) squad got the job done as well. Senior Antonia Kolovou (Larisa, Greece), junior Giulia Andreazza (Balneario Camboriu, Brazil), Gerbasi and junior Sofia Expana (Mexico City) all picked up singles wins, while sophomore Jessica Brumit (Elizabethton, Tenn.) won by default at No. 6.
“It was good to get a couple of wins this weekend,” ETSU assistant coach Travis Sandlant said. “We now look forward to playing last year’s [Atlantic Sun] champion, UNF, at home.”
The Ospreys defeated the Lady Bucs in the final round of last year’s Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship, 4-2, at the Bristol Racquet Club.
Western Carolina (1-10, 0-5 SoCon) had lost its last nine heading into the Sunday matchup with ETSU and the streak pushed to double digits. The talent on the ETSU roster was just too much for the inexperienced and depleted Catamounts.
The Lady Buccaneers were handed the No. 3 doubles set by default – WCU not having a No. 3 team – but the Choo/Gerbasi and Andreazza/Espana pairs won the two contested sets with ease to grab the point.
Two Lady Bucs won their singles matches at love. Andreazza downed Sara Ruiz Pajares at No. 2 and Espana went two sets without dropping a game against Erin Maguire at No. 5. Kolvou ran past Stacia Kissell on court one, 6-2, 6-2, and Gerbasi got by Nicole Nielly, 6-4, 7-5. The Catamounts did not have a competitor to place at No. 6, granting Brumit the victory.
ETSU and No. 74 North Florida compete Saturday in the Lady Bucs’ first match at the new outdoor tennis courts located beside Summers-Taylor Stadium. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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