MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (March 11, 2013) – The ETSU women’s tennis team fell to 0-2 against nationally ranked opponents Monday afternoon in a loss to No. 61 College of Charleston, 4-1, from the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point.
ETSU (4-4) got its lone point in the match from freshman Lyn Yee Choo (Kuching, Malaysia) who defeated CofC’s (7-5) Jenny Falcone in the No. 4 hole, 6-0, 6-4. With the win, Choo improves to 20-7 overall, 7-1 dual, to lead the Lady Buccaneers in singles victories.
The rest of the Lady Bucs did not fare as well. Junior Giulia Andreazza (Balneario Camboriu, Brazil), sophomore Jessica Brumit (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and junior Sofia Espana (Mexico City) were taken down by the Cougars who also won the doubles point for the match victory.
“We competed hard, but just got outplayed at a few spots,” ETSU assistant coach Travis Sandlant said. “Charleston is a great team and has a great coaching staff.
“If we can make it all come together collectively, as a team, on the same day, I believe we can get over the hump against these top teams.”
The Cougars began the day taking doubles matches at No. 1 and 3. Irene Viana and Katherine Schofield topped Antonia Kolovou (Larisa, Greece) and Larn McShane (Hobart Tasmania, Australia) in the top match, 8-3, while Christin Newman and Brooke McAmis got past Andreazza and Espana, 8-4. Choo and freshman Anna Gerbasi (Caracas, Venezuela) were left unfinished in a 7-all set.
Choo got the Lady Bucs back to even with her win at No. 4, but it was all CofC from then on. Schofield put the Cougars back ahead with her defeat of Espana, 6-1, 6-1, and Newman took down Andreazza on court one, 6-3, 6-2.
A point from victory, Samantha Maddox wrapped it up on court five over Brumit, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. Kolovou was ahead at No. 2, 1-6, 6-4, 4-1, and Gerbasi was in a close contest at No. 3, trailing, 4-6, 6-4, 2-3.
The Lady Buc tennis team is back in action Saturday, opening the Atlantic Sun season in Spartanburg, S.C., against USC Upstate. First serve is scheduled for 10 a.m.
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