BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 19, 2008) - In a match that was delayed for several hours due to poor weather conditions in the Johnson City area the ETSU women's tennis team dropped the Stetson Hatters, 4-0 late Saturday evening at the Bristol Indoor Raquet Club to advance to the 2008 Atlantic Sun championship match. The Lady Bucs improve to 14-10 overall, while the Hatters fall to 14-11.
ETSU took doubles point to earn a 1-0 advantage. Yevgeniya Stupak (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Olya Batsula (Minsk, Belarus) cruised past Valentina Galbarini and Unnati Purushotham, 8-3 in the No. 1 position, while Elena Volobueva (Barcelona, Spain) and Whitney Trotter (Guadalajara, Mexico) dropped Anna Leonenko and Natalie Gorham, 8-1 in the No. 3 slot. The No. 2 doubles match was called when ETSU took the point.
The Lady Bucs again dominated in singles action dropping Stetson in straight sets in the No. 3, 1, and 2 positions. Conference tournament play is suspended when one team has clinched the match. In the No. 3 slot Tara Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) was first off the court as she dropped Unnati Purushotham, 6-2, 6-0, while Yevgeniya Stupak breezed by Valentina Galbarini in the No. 1 slot. In the second position Olya Batsula dropped Breanna Atkinson to clinch the match.
The Lady Bucs will face top-seeded Jacksonville in tomorrow's championship match. It will be a rematch of last year's title match. When ETSU met Jacksonville earlier this season the Dolphins came away with a tough 5-2 victory. The Lady Bucs will look for revenge and their second Atlantic Sun conference championship title as well as their second NCAA berth. For all ETSU women's tennis action visit www.ETSUBucs.com.
ETSU 4, STET 0
No. 1- Yevgeniya Stupak (ETSU) def. Valentina Galbarini (STET)
No. 2- Olya Batsula (ETSU) def. Breanna Atkinson (STET) 7-6,
No. 3- Tara Byrne (ETSU) def. Unnati Purushotham (STET) 6-2, 6-0
No. 4- Elena Volobueva (ETSU) vs. Megan Jones (STET) DNF
No. 5- Andra Voinea (ETSU) vs. Anna Leonenko (STET) DNF
No. 6- Vita Moskaliova (ETSU) vs. Katherine Nowicki (STET) DNF
No. 1- Batsula/Stupak (ETSU) def. Galbarini/Purushotham (STET) 8-3
No. 2- Byrne/Moskaliova (ETSU) def. Atkinson/Nowicki (STET) DNF
No. 3- Volobueva/Trotter (ETSU) def. Leonenko/Gorham (STET) 8-1