WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Sept. 11, 2009) - The ETSU women's tennis team opened its 2009 fall season in strong fashion with a number of outstanding performances Friday at the 17th annual William and Mary Fall Invitational in Williamsburg, Va.
"We started out good today," said head coach Steve Brooks. "The girls have worked hard in practice and it was good to get out on the courts and test where we are as a team at this moment."
In singles Flight A, senior Yevgenyia Stupak (Kyiv, Ukraine) picked up her first win dropping Virginia freshman Erin Vierra in a long three-set opener 7-5, 2-6, 6-2. After a shorter than usual break between matches, the No .98th ranked ETSU captain then fell in her quarterfinal contest to Harvard's Holly Cao, 6-3, 6-4.
Two brackets down fellow ETSU teammate Paula Jaime (
Rounding out Flight C play was sophomore Karina Kedzo (Puerto Ordaz, Venezulea), who opened play by dropping
Over in Flight E junior Tara Sheets (
Closing out the singles scores for ETSU was junior Andra Voinea (
In addition to the singles play ETSU got a great performance in No. 2 doubles from the Lady Buc duo of Jaime and Kedzo. The third seeded team in Bracket B reached the quarterfinals by dropping the Virginia Tech team of Blow and Conley, 8-2.
Unfortunately for ETSU, Stupak and junior Kelly Holtzhausen (
"Overall, today was a learning experience," said Brooks. "Our play was up and down and that tends to happen early in these type of fall tournaments. We looked good this morning but soon as our players conditioning went down our girls started to tense up and struggle."
Attached above are the final results from Day One. For more information on the championship ETSU women's tennis team, please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.