Women's tennis defeats UNC Greensboro 4-1 to advance to semifinals
Senior Gemma Halim and freshman Olya Batsula won their doubles match at No. 3 over UNCG.
Senior Gemma Halim and freshman Olya Batsula won their doubles match at No. 3 over UNCG.

Friday, April 22, 2005

CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 22, 2005) - The fourth seeded East Tennessee State University women's tennis team defeated the fifth seeded UNC Greensboro Spartans in a 4-1 contest Friday morning at the Earle Tennis Center on The Citadel campus. The Bucs, who finished the regular season tied for second with an 8-2 SoCon record improves to 19-6 overall, while the Spartans end their season with an 8-11 record.

ETSU took a one-point lead with a win of the doubles point to start the match. Olya Batsula (Minsk, Belarus) and Gemma Halim (Jakarta, Indonesia) led the way for the Bucs with an 8-1 win at No. 3 over UNCG's Emily Wade and Whitney Miles. Masha Ilina (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Sylwia Ziolkowska (Warsaw, Poland) then captured the point with a win at No. 1. The pair defeated Kate LaCoste and Erica Zabkar by a score of 8-6.

In singles action, Ziolkowska was first to finish for the Bucs. She defeated Wade in a 6-2, 6-4 contest at the No. 3 slot. Batsula then lost her battle at No. 4 to Zabkar 6-3, 6-3. At No. 2, Ilina picked up a win in the third set against Miles (4-6, 6-0, 6-2). The clincher would then come for the Bucs with a win at No. 1 from Sandie Knight (Adamstown, Australia) over Lisa Suggs 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

"Another goal accomplished," stated Head Coach Steve Brooks after the match. "We wanted to not have to play on the first day and we did that, we wanted to stand up with the men's team at the awards banquet and we did that last night and we wanted to reach the semifinals and we did that today with the win. We just have a couple more goals to accomplish."

The Bucs now prepare to face regular season champion Furman University tomorrow April 23 in the semifinals. The match is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Earle Tennis Center.

 

East Tennessee State 4, UNC Greensboro 1

Doubles

1. Ilina/Ziolkowska (ETSU) d. LaCoste/Zabkar (UNCG) 8-6

2. Volobueva/Knight (ETSU) vs. Rychlik/Suggs (UNCG) DNF

3. Batsula/Halim (ETSU) d. Wade/Miles (UNCG) 8-1

Order of Finish: 3, 1

Singles

1. Sandie Knight (ETSU) d. Lisa Suggs (UNCG) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)

2. Masha Ilina (ETSU) d. Whitney Miles (UNCG) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2

3. Sylwia Ziolkowska (ETSU) d. Emily Wade (UNCG) 6-2, 6-4

4. Erica Zabkar (UNCG) d. Olya Batsula (ETSU) 6-3, 6-3

5. Elena Volobueva (ETSU) vs. Kate LaCoste (UNCG) DNF

6. Gemma Halim (ETSU) vs. Sophie Rychlik (UNCG) DNF

Order of Finish: 3, 4, 2, 1*

* - Clinching point

Follow ETSU Athletics on Twitter Twitter and become a fan on Facebook Facebook.
MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
MBB ETSU 69 F
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Winthrop 64
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Indiana State University 76
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 26, 12:00 p.m. Indiana University 97
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State
WBB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Dec 3, 5:00 p.m. George Mason University
MBB Western Carolina Freedom Hall
Dec 3, 8:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Huntsville, Ala.
Dec 6, 6:00 p.m. Alabama A&M University
MBB UNC Greensboro Freedom Hall
Dec 13, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB Eastern Kentucky University Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec 13, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 15, 12:00 p.m. Morehead State University
MBB ETSU Richmond, Ky.
Dec 16, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky
WBB ETSU Wilmington, N.C.
Dec 19, 11:30 a.m. University of North Carolina Wilmington