BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 5, 2010) - The ETSU women's tennis team extended its four match winning streak Friday as the Lady Bucs opened Atlantic Sun Conference play with a strong 7-0 win over league rival Kennesaw State inside the "Bubble" at the Country Club of Bristol, in Bristol, Tenn.
ETSU (5-2, 1-0 A-Sun) opened play by sweeping all three doubles matches. The ETSU team of senior Yevgeniya Stupak (Kyiv, Ukraine) and junior Kelly Holtzhausen (Johannesburg, South Africa), dropped KSU's Mackenzie Swindall and Iesha Holton 8-3, while sophomores Paula Jaime (Madrid, Spain) and Karina Kedzo (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) matched their teammates score with an 8-3 victory over Alena Sergeychik and Vera Shkundia.
Rounding out the doubles scores was junior Tara Sheets (Gate City, Va.) and sophomore Diana Navrostska (Kviv, Ukraine) who made quick work of Avano Tanaka and Aqatha Pailder 8-3 at the No. 3 position.
"Today our girls really battled hard for this win," said head coach Steve Brooks. "Head coach Brandon Padgett has improved Kennesaw State so much since we've last seen them. They're a team on the rise this season and it really wouldn't surprise me if Kennesaw finished third or fourth in the A-Sun standings by the end of the season."
As singles action got underway the Lady Bucs extended their lead as Stupak dominated her contest against Shkundia 6-3, 6-3, while Holtzhausen made the score 3-0 with her 6-3, 6-4 straight set victory over Holten at No. 2.
Paula Jaime then secured the win for ETSU as the second-year Lady Buc stayed unbeaten this spring with a 6-1, 6-0 defeat over Swindall at No. 3. Adding to the ETSU score during head-to-head matches were Kedzo, who dropped Tanaka 6-2, 6-2, Navrostska who defeated junior Agatha Palider 6-0, 6-1 and sophomore Andra Voinea (Brasov, Romania) who closed out her third straight win with a 6-3, 6-2 straight set victory over freshman Therese Lagerkvist.
ETSU will now have a quick turnaround as A-Sun foe Mercer travels to Johnson City for a 1:30 p.m. contest outside at the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center on the ETSU campus.
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