JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 9, 2008) - The ETSU women's tennis team fell to regular season league champion USC Upstate in a hard fought match, 5-2 on Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Bucs fall to 12-9 overall and 8-3 in conference play while the Spartans improve to 16-3, 10-0.
Upstate claimed the doubles point for the early 1-0 lead winning in the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. In No. 1 singles Yevgeniya Stupak (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Olya Batsula (Minsk, Belarus) fell to Anna Novo and Emilia Milovanovic, 8-5. Competing in the second slot Tara Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Vita Moskaliova (Minsk, Belarus) defeated Susana Hernandez and Daniela Lovera, 8-5. The point was decided in the third position in a tight battle between Elena Volobueva (Barcelona, Spain) and Whitney Trotter (Guadalajara, Mexico) and Diana Martinez and Maria Herrera. Upstate claimed the point with a 9-8(7-5) victory.
The Lady Bucs picked up their two points as Olya Batsula closed out her perfect A-Sun season defeating Susana Hernandez, 6-4, 6-2 in the second position while Tara Byrne defeated Emilia Milovanovic, 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 3 slot.
In the top position Yevgeniya Stupak fell to Anna Novo, 6-4, 6-3, while Andra Voinea (Brasov, Romania) fell to Daniela Lovera, 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 4 position. In the No. 5 and No. 6 positions Elena Volobueva and Vita Moskaliova fell in tight matches. Volobueva fell to Diana Martinez, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 while Moskaliova fell to Maria Herrera, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
"We knew that Upstate had already won the conference and we wanted to use today and our match tomorrow as practice as getting ready for next week's tournament. We were really glad it was hot to give us that opportunity to play in that circumstance. We had a lot of tough matches but now we have some time to recover. We had our chances which was good and we played good up at the top. Yevgeniya still can't move but she almost won. Hopefully in another week she'll be able to move. She's got seven days to get this thing better. Even though Vita lost it was good to see her fight like she used and so hopefully she can fight and continue to build on that. I'm very excited for Olya to have gone undefeated in a league that has gotten much tougher over the last two years," said head coach Steve Brooks.
The Lady Bucs will hit the road to face Winthrop tomorrow in Rock Hill, S.C. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m. Follow all ETSU women's tennis action at www.ETSUBucs.com.
UPST 5, ETSU 2
No. 1- Anna Novo (UPST) def. #79 Yevgeniya Stupak (ETSU) 6-4, 6-3
No. 2- Olya Batsula (ETSU) def. Susana Hernandez (UPST) 6-4, 6-2
No. 3- Tara Byrne (ETSU) def. Emilia Milovanovic (UPST) 6-4, 6-2
No. 4- Daniela Lovera (UPST) def. Andra Voinea (ETSU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 5- Diana Martinez (UPST) def. Elena Volobueva (ETSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 6- Maria Herrera (UPST) def. Vita Moskaliova (ETSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
No. 1- Novo/Milovanovic (UPST) def. Batsula/Stupak (ETSU) 8-5
No. 2- Byrne/Moskaliova (ETSU) def. Hernandez/Lovera (UPST) 8-5
No. 3- Martinez/Herrera (UPST) def. Trotter/Volobueva (ETSU) 9-8(7-5)