In singles action Yevgeniya Stupak (Kyiv, Ukraine) led in her match winning the first set, and stretched her opponent to a 10-point tiebreaker against Paula Zabala in the No. 1 position for the Ladybucs before falling 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4). In the No. 2 position Masha Ilina (Kyiv, Ukraine) fell to Egle Petrauskaite 6-2, 6-2, and Olya Batsula (Minsk, Belarus) was defeated by Shilla D'Armas 6-1, 6-2 in the third position. Tara Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) took on Marijana Cutuk in the No. 4 slot and was defeated 6-1, 6-2, while Elena Volobueva (Barcelona, Spain fell to Priscilla Castillo 6-1, 6-0 in the fifth position. At No. 6, Vita Moskaliova (Minsk, Belarus) lost a tight match to Maria Vallasciani 6-3, 6-3.
In doubles play Masha Ilina and Olya Batsula claimed a victory for the Bucs in the No. 2 position over Egle Petrauskaite and Priscilla Castillo 8-4. In the No. 1 slot Elena Volobueva and Yevgeniya Stupak were defeated by Paula Zabala and Nikkita Fountain 8-4, while Tara and Byrne and Vita Moskaliova lost to Shilla D'Armas and Maria Pazo 8-1 in the No. 3 slot.
"Flordia International are a good team, ranked 22 in the country. It was our first real full match outside and we just weren't crisp with out shots today," said head coach Steve Brooks. "It has been a good indoor season and it is good to start the outdoor season, the girls weren't used to the heat, but we will make good adjustments. The girls are going to work hard, put a lot into their hitting and it should pay off on against Stetson on Friday. We just left a lot of shots out there today, we were set up, we had advantages but we just didn't get it done. We can't take anything away from Florida International, they are a very good outdoor team were just very tough today."
ETSU women's tennis will face Stetson University on Friday, March 10 in DeLand, Fla.
No. 1- Zabala/Fountain (FIU) def. Volobueva/Stupak (ETSU) 8-4
No. 2- Ilina/Batsula (ETSU) def. Petrauskaite/Castillo (FIU) 8-4
No. 3- D'Armas/Pazo (FIU) def. Byrne/Moskaliova (ETSU) 8-1
No. 1- Paula Zabala (FIU) def. Yevgeniya Stupak (ETSU) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4)
No. 2- Egle Petrauskaite (FIU) def. Masha Ilina (ETSU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3- Shilla D'Armas (FIU) def. Olya Batsula (ETSU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 4- Marijana Cutuk (FIU) def. Tara Byrne (ETSU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5- Priscilla Castillo (FIU) def. Elena Volobueva (ETSU) 6-1, 6-0No. 6- Maria Vallasciani (FIU) def. Vita Moskaliova (ETSU) 6-3, 6-3