JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 28, 2008) - The ETSU women's tennis team fell in a hard-fought match to Jacksonville, 5-2 on Friday afternoon at the Keith Watson Tennis Complex. The Lady Bucs fall to 10-7 overall and 6-1 in A-Sun action while the Dolphins improve to 12-4, 5-0.
In doubles Jacksonville claimed the point as the duo of Lena Willi and Fernanda Carrero defeated Tara Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Elena Volobueva (Barcelona, Spain), 8-6 in the No. 2 slot while Vita Moskaliova (Minsk, Belarus) and Andra Voinea (Brasov, Romania) fell to Lina Xu and Juliana Umeki, 8-3. In the top position Yevgeniya Stupak (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Olya Batsula (Minsk, Belarus) defeated Iva Jaresova and Tatiana Soldatova, 8-4
In the top position Stupak fell to Lina Xu, 6-4, 7-5 after injuring her knee in the doubles competition, while Tara Byrne fell to Lena Willi, 7-5, 2-6, 11-9 in the No. 2 slot. In the fourth position Elena Volobueva fell to Juliana Umeki, 6-4, 6-1 while Vita Moskaliova fell to Fernanda Carrero in the sixth slot, 6-4, 6-1.
The Lady Bucs earned their two points as Olya Batsula defeated Tatiana Soldatova in the No. 3 position, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 and Andra Voinea dropped Iva Jaresova, 7-5, 6-1 in the fifth slot.
"We just didn't play well today. Jacksonville is a very good team but we really didn't play well. Yevgeniya hurt her knee during the doubles but I was unable to substitute anyone for her. Injuries are just killing us this year. She played very well despite barely being able to move and I'm very proud of her for being a team player," said head coach Steve Brooks. "Olya played really great today. She faced the girl she lost to twice last year so her winning gives me a lot of hope for the conference tournament. She and Andra really played very well today and I'm extremely proud of them."
The Lady Bucs will face the North Florida Ospreys tomorrow March 29. The match is set to begin at 11 a.m. Follow all ETSU women's tennis action at www.ETSUBucs.com.
JU 5, ETSU 2
No. 1- Lina Xu (JU) def. #92 Yevgeniya Stupak (ETSU) 6-4, 7-5
No. 2- Lena Willi (JU) def. Tara Byrne (ETSU) 7-5, 2-6, 11-9
No. 3- Olya Batsula (ETSU) def. Tatiana Soldatova (JU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 4- Juliana Umeki (JU) def. Elena Volobueva (ETSU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 5- Andra Voinea (ETSU) def. Iva Jaresova (JU) 7-5, 6-1
No. 6- Fernanda Carrero (JU) def. Vita Moskaliova (ETSU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 1- Batsula/Stupak (ETSU) def. Jaresova/Soldatova (JU) 8-4
No. 2- Willi/Carrero (JU) def. Byrne/Volobueva (ETSU) 8-6
No. 3- Xu/Umeki (JU) def. Moskaliova/Voinea (ETSU) 8-3