Holtzhausen picks up first ranked win by clinching ETSU's victory
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 23, 2010) - Led by junior Kelly Holtzhausen (Johannesburg, South Africa) the ETSU women's tennis team added to its three-match winning streak by upending Kentucky 4-3 Tuesday evening at the Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington, Ky.
With the victory the Lady Bucs improved their overall record to 11-3, while the Wildcats dropped to 2-12.
"Kentucky has had some injuries this season, but still they have a deep lineup so this was a good win for our girls," said head coach Steve Brooks.
After ETSU lost the doubles point, the Lady Bucs tied the match as sophomore Karina Kedzo (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) breezed past Elle Coldiron with a pair of 6-0 set wins at No. 5.
Junior Tara Sheets (Gate City, Va.) then gave ETSU its first lead at 2-1 as the local player had little trouble with Nicole Scates with a 6-1, 6-0 conquest.
ETSU kept its momentum as freshman Diana Navrostska (Kviv, Ukraine) - who finalized the backend of ETSU's lineup (No. 4, 5, 6) -- with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Minnette Pienaar.
Just when it looked like ETSU would cruise to the win the talented Kentucky squad rallied back as junior Andra Voinea (Brasov, Romania) lost her first singles match since February 6 with a 6-4, 6-3 setback against Christine Johnston.
The Blue and White then tied the contest at 3-3 as Caroline Lilley survived a valiant effort from sophomore Paula Jaime (Madrid, Spain). After the UK sophomore won the first set 6-0, Jaime took the second 4-6, before the Big Blue underclassman - who won a team-best 25 matches last spring - endured the final set 6-4.
"I'm extremely proud of Paula," said Brooks. "I know Paula did lose, but she fought so hard to get back into that match after losing every game that first set. It was heartbreaking that she couldn't finish that comeback, but I couldn't be happier with the effort she gave against a quality player in Lilley."
With the match tied, and after Holtzhausen and 128th-ranked Megan Broderick split the first two sets 6-3, 3-6, the Lady Buc transfer found her determination winning the third set 7-6 (7-5).
"Kelly was the key for us," said Brooks. "She just kept grinding that last set. She fought off two match points in that final set. That grit was the ultimate difference in her win. Broderick was an All-SEC performer last season so this was a great win for Kelly."
ETSU returns to action with a 2 p.m. contest Friday at Atlantic Sun Conference rival Lipscomb.
For more information on the ETSU women's tennis team please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.