Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Brumit extends win streak to four as ETSU continues to roll at home
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 6, 2012) – The home courts continued to be kind to the ETSU women’s tennis team on Tuesday afternoon, as the Buccaneers won their 21st-consecutive home match with a 6-1 defeat of Western Carolina at the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center.
The win was ETSU’s (3-4) second-straight after defeating Liberty 5-2 on Saturday, keeps the Bucs perfect home record this season intact at 3-0 and keeps Western Carolina (0-6) still in search of its first victory of the year.
Freshman Jessica Brumit (Elizabethton, Tenn.) continued to shine with her fourth-consecutive singles victory in a dominant 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Sarah Walters. Brumit now stands at 11-6 overall and moves her dual match record above the .500 mark at 4-3.
“It’s good to come away with a win today,” ETSU assistant coach Travis Sandlant said. “Overall, the team did what it needed to do to get the job done. We performed at the expectations that were set, we’ll look forward to some tough matches coming ahead and we hope we can keep this winning streak going into conference play.”
Only two doubles matches were contested as Western Carolina was forced to forfeit the No. 3 match due to having just five competitors on the trip. The shortage of Catamounts also forced WCU to default the No. 6 singles point, giving ETSU a 1-0 advantage in the match before the first serve was even taken.
The Bucs dominated the two contested doubles matches with seniors Paula Jaime (Madrid, Spain) and Marine Wieliczko (Rouen, France) defeating Ainhoa Iglesias Diaz and Karen Jimenez 8-1 at No. 1, while senior Karina Kedzo (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) and freshman Kelsey Williams (Sunbury, Australia) teamed up for the first time in their careers to defeat Katie Barry and Megan McLinden at No. 2 by the same score.
Seconds after Brumit took care of Walters in singles play, Kedzo handed Barry a 6-0, 6-0 defeat of her own to put ETSU up 4-0 and clinch the match. Jaime nearly came away with a third love-love win for ETSU, but settled for a 6-0, 6-1 win at the No. 1 spot over Iglesias Diaz. The win bumped Jaime’s team-leading singles record to 16-6 overall, while she continues to share the team-best dual record of the spring with Brumit at 4-3.
With the match in hand, sophomore Giulia Andreazza (Balneario Camboriu, Brazil) finished ETSU’s day with her second-consecutive singles win by defeating Jimenez in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
ETSU will start its first of four-consecutive road matches on Friday, when it travels to Huntington, W. Va., to take on Marshall at 1 p.m.
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