Lady Bucs stay unbeaten in A-Sun play dropping UNF, 4-0

Friday, March 27, 2009

Byrne now sits six wins away from all-time singles record


BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 27, 2009) - After dropping its first home match of the season to Winthrop Tuesday, the ETSU women's tennis team rebounded by staying unbeaten in Atlantic Sun Conference action dropping a tough indoor match against league foe North Florida, 4-0 Friday night inside the Bristol Racquet Club in Bristol, Tenn.


The Lady Bucs (8-5, 5-0) opened play sweeping both doubles matches as the ETSU duo of junior Yevgeniya Stupak (Kyiv, Ukraine) and freshman Paula Jaime (Madrid, Spain) dropped the UNF pair of Raquel Castro and Aline Berkenbrock 8-6, while teammates senior Tara Byrne (Johnson City) and freshman Karina Kedzo (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) made quick work of Ina Durcakvoa and Nikita Van Lierop, 8-6.


After taking an early 1-0 lead Byrne extended the Lady Buc advantage dropping Castro in straight sets 6-0, 6-1, for her 98 career singles win, putting her only six victories away from Masha Illina all-time mark.


ETSU followed that up as Kedzo pushed the ETSU lead to 3-0 after dropping Van Lierop 6-3, 6-2 in No. 3 single play.


Wrapping up the scores for ETSU was No. 109th-ranked Yevgeniya Stupak. who after taking an early 6-3 first set lead, found herself tied with Aline Berkenbrock after the UNF freshman rallied to take the second set 3-6. Both players continued to battle game-for-game in the third set as Berkenbrock held a slight advantage early 4-3. Stupak would then respond holding her serve in addition to breaking Berkenbrock's giving the ETSU junior a 5-3 lead heading into the final game. With the ninth game tied 30-30 Stupak would blast home two straight points for the three-set win.


"This was definitely a nice hard fought win for us today," said head coach Steve Brooks. "Despite the score being 4-0 this was a close contest against a much improved UNF squad. (Assistant coach) Travis Sandlant did an excellent job getting the girls ready in doubles the past couple of days which really showed early. UNF hasn't lost a doubles point all season and for our girls to play that well is something I'm very proud of."


The Lady Bucs will now return to action Saturday as the ETSU host back-to-back A-Sun champs Jacksonville at the Bristol Racquet Club in Bristol, Tenn.


Attached above is the final results of today's contest with UNF. 

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VB ETSU 3 Macon, Ga.
Nov 15 Mercer University 1
WBB High Point University 76 Final
Nov 17 ETSU 84
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
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Winthrop 64
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Indiana State University 76
WBB ETSU Bloomington, Ind.
Nov 26, 2:00 p.m. Indiana University
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