Johnson City, Tenn. (Apr. 7, 2002) -- East Tennessee State fell to Georgia Southern, 6-1, in Southern Conference women's tennis action Sunday morning from the ETSU Tennis Center in Johnson City.
Georgia Southern took the doubles point after winning two of the three matches. At No. 1 doubles, Amy Bartlett and Callie Ward of Georgia Southern defeated the ETSU team of sophomore Jessica Irey (Belle Glade, Fla.) and freshman Gemma Halim (Jakarta, Indonesia), 8-6. At No. 2 doubles, ETSU sophomores Aimee Villavicencio (Lexington, Ky.) and Tatiana Arrarian (Cochabamba, Bolivia) were victorious over GSU's Brooke McNamee and Charlotte Bruneteaux, 8-5. At No. 3 doubles, the Buccaneer doubles team of sophomore Heather Jones (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and junior Charmaine Luvis (Gastonia, N.C.) fell to the Eagle team of Sally Williams and Sarah Iqbal, 8-1.
The Eagles continued to play well in the singles portion of the match, winning five of six contests. At No. 1 singles, Bartlett of Georgia Southern defeated Halim, 7-6, 6-3. Irey picked up ETSU's only singles win, defeating Georgia Southern's Iqbal at No. 2 singles, 7-5, 6-4. Arrarian fell to Georgia Southern's McNamee, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.
At No. 4 singles, Buccaneer Villavicencio fell to Eagle Bruneteaux, 6-0, 6-3. Georgia Southern's Ward defeated ETSU's Jones at No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-3. Buccaneer Luvis fell to Eagle Sally Williams, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6 singles.
"I am very proud of Jessica Irey," said ETSU head coach Steve Brooks following the match. "She did not feel good today, and she stepped up. She is really beginning to take a leadership role on this team."
The loss drops East Tennessee State's record to 1-17 on the season, 0-6 in Southern Conference play. Georgia Southern runs their record to 4-12, 2-5 in the SoCon.
The Bucs return to action on Monday at 2:30 p.m. as they travel to Southern Conference rival UNC Greensboro. Georgia Southern continues on the road to face Winthrop on Apr. 9 from Rock Hill, S.C.
No. 1: Amy Bartlett (GSU) def. Gemma Halim (ETSU), 7-6, 6-3
No. 2: Jessica Irey (ETSU) def. Sarah Iqbal (GSU), 7-5, 6-4
No. 3: Brooke McNamee (GSU) def. Tatiana Arrarian (ETSU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 4: Charlotte Bruneteaux (GSU) def. Aimee Villavicencio (ETSU), 6-0, 6-3
No. 5: Callie Ward (GSU) def. Heather Jones (ETSU), 6-0, 6-3
No. 6: Sally Williams (GSU) def. Charmaine Luvis (ETSU), 6-0, 6-0
No. 1: Bartlett/Ward (GSU) def. Irey/Halim (ETSU), 8-6
No. 2: Villavicencio/Arrarian (ETSU) def. McNamee/Bruneteaux (GSU), 8-5
No. 3: Williams/Iqbal (GSU) def. Jones/Luvis (ETSU), 8-1
East Tennessee State: 1-17, 0-6 Southern Conference
Georgia Southern: 4-12, 2-5 SoCon