ETSU jumped out to an early lead as they claimed the doubles point, sweeping all three matches. In the No. 1 position the 56-th ranked duo of Yevgeniya Stupak (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Olya Batsula (Minsk, Belarus) breezed by Paula Takara and Mercedes Cobos, 8-0 while Tara Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Tara Sheets (Gate City, Va.) dropped Karan Ammann and Lindsay Dillon in the third position, 8-2. Elena Volobueva (
In singles action, No. 89 Yevgeniya Stupak cruised past Mercedes Cobos, 6-0, 6-1 in the top position, while Andra Voinea (
The Owls collected their lone point in the fifth position when Tara Sheets fell to Paula Takara, 7-5, 6-2. The match between Tara Byrne and Ayano Tanaka was suspended due to rain with Byrne up by one set, 7-6(4), 3-3.
"It was good to pick up a win today and start the conference season with a victory. Today was the first time we've played outside at home this season and that was a bit of an adjustment. But overall I felt that the girls played well and we look forward to having another great season in the Atlantic Sun," said head coach Steve Brooks.
The Lady Bucs will hit the courts again tomorrow, March 1 as they take on conference opponent Mercer. The match is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. For all Lady Bucs tennis action visit www.ETSUBucs.com.
ETSU 5, KSU 1
No. 3- Olya Batsula (ETSU) def. Agatha Palider (KSU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 4- Andra Voinea (ETSU) def. Karen Ammann (KSU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 5- Paula Takara (KSU) def.
No. 6- Elena Volobueva (ETSU) def. Allison Baulis (KSU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 2- Volobueva/Trotter (ETSU) def. Pallider/Tenaka (KSU) 8-3
No. 3- Byrne/Sheets (ETSU) def. Ammann/Dillon (KSU) 8-2