Lady Buc tennis downs USC Upstate, 6-1, in A-Sun opener
Choo (above) improved to 21-7 overall, 8-1 dual, with her sixth consecutive singles victory.
Choo (above) improved to 21-7 overall, 8-1 dual, with her sixth consecutive singles victory.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Choo continues to roll

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (March 16, 2013)Lyn Yee Choo (Kuching, Malaysia) won her sixth consecutive singles match and the ETSU women’s tennis team cruised to a convincing, 6-1, win in its Atlantic Sun Conference opener Saturday from the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.

Choo and doubles partner Anna Gerbasi (Caracas, Venezuela) were victorious on the top court to help ETSU (5-4, 1-0 A-Sun) take the match’s first point. In singles, Choo was the first to close with a, 6-1, 6-1, decision at No. 3 over USC Upstate’s (8-5, 0-1 A-Sun) Talia Rojas. The Lady Bucs won five of the six singles battles for the five-point win.

Choo improved her singles mark to 21-7 overall, 8-1 dual, on the 2012-13 campaign. She and Gerbasi now stand at 16-8 as a duo, 6-2 dual.

“A very well deserved win today,” ETSU assistant coach Travis Sandlant said. “We got off to a slow start in doubles and were lucky to come away with the point, but the girls bounced back well in singles. It was good to see Giulia [Andreazza] close out the match. She has been battling all year and playing a lot of tight matches.

“Upstate is a rapidly improving team. They gave us a good fight today and I look for them to keep improving down the stretch.”

Junior Giulia Andreazza (Balneario Camboriu, Brazil) put the finishing touches on the day’s final match, defeating two-time A-Sun Player of the Week, Constanze Kuerten, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-2). Andreazza moves to 3-4 on the spring season with a 3-1 mark at the No. 2 position.

Other singles winners were senior Antonia Kolvou (Larisa, Greece), Gerbasi and sophomore Jessica Brumit (Elizabethton, Tenn.). Kolovou saw her eight-match winning streak come to an end last weekend at UNC Wilmington and recovered nicely over Isabel von Stryk, 6-1, 6-2, on court one. Gerbasi clinched the team win at No. 4, 7-6, 6-1, past Taylor Cohen and Brumit took care of Julie Bell at No. 6, 6-2, 6-1.

Kolvou and junior newcomer Larn McShane (Hobart Tasmania, Australia) were also victorious at No. 2 doubles, 8-5, to clinch the doubles point.

The Lady Bucs hope to make it two in a row on Sunday, heading to Culowhee, N.C., for non-conference action against Western Carolina. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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