Lady Bucs top Stetson, 4-0; advance to A-Sun title match
Saturday, April 19, 2008

BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 19, 2008) - In a match that was delayed for several hours due to poor weather conditions in the Johnson City area the ETSU women's tennis team dropped the Stetson Hatters, 4-0 late Saturday evening at the Bristol Indoor Raquet Club to advance to the 2008 Atlantic Sun championship match. The Lady Bucs improve to 14-10 overall, while the Hatters fall to 14-11.


ETSU took doubles point to earn a 1-0 advantage. Yevgeniya Stupak (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Olya Batsula (Minsk, Belarus) cruised past Valentina Galbarini and Unnati Purushotham, 8-3 in the No. 1 position, while Elena Volobueva (Barcelona, Spain) and Whitney Trotter (Guadalajara, Mexico) dropped Anna Leonenko and Natalie Gorham, 8-1 in the No. 3 slot. The No. 2 doubles match was called when ETSU took the point.


The Lady Bucs again dominated in singles action dropping Stetson in straight sets in the No. 3, 1, and 2 positions. Conference tournament play is suspended when one team has clinched the match.  In the No. 3 slot Tara Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) was first off the court as she dropped Unnati Purushotham, 6-2, 6-0, while Yevgeniya Stupak breezed by Valentina Galbarini in the No. 1 slot. In the second position Olya Batsula dropped Breanna Atkinson to clinch the match.


The Lady Bucs will face top-seeded Jacksonville in tomorrow's championship match. It will be a rematch  of last year's title match. When ETSU met Jacksonville earlier this season the Dolphins came away with a tough 5-2 victory. The Lady Bucs will look for revenge and their second Atlantic Sun conference championship title as well as their second NCAA berth. For all ETSU women's tennis action visit






No. 1- Yevgeniya Stupak (ETSU) def. Valentina Galbarini (STET)

No. 2- Olya Batsula (ETSU) def. Breanna Atkinson (STET) 7-6,

No. 3- Tara Byrne (ETSU) def. Unnati Purushotham (STET) 6-2, 6-0

No. 4- Elena Volobueva (ETSU) vs. Megan Jones (STET) DNF

No. 5- Andra Voinea (ETSU) vs. Anna Leonenko (STET) DNF

No. 6- Vita Moskaliova (ETSU) vs. Katherine Nowicki (STET) DNF



No. 1- Batsula/Stupak (ETSU) def. Galbarini/Purushotham (STET) 8-3

No. 2- Byrne/Moskaliova (ETSU) def. Atkinson/Nowicki (STET) DNF

No. 3- Volobueva/Trotter (ETSU) def. Leonenko/Gorham (STET) 8-1