JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 6, 2010) - Over the last month one thing has been certain for the ETSU women's tennis team and that one thing is winning. Just as they have the previous four matches the Lady Bucs continued their two-match homestand with a 7-0 victory over Atlantic Sun Conference rival Mercer Saturday afternoon at the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center in Johnson City.
Overall, the Lady Bucs (6-2) have won five straight contests, with their last loss coming at No. 54 Virginia Tech February 6.
"I thought today's match was a competitive one, with Mercer pushing us in a lot of positions early," said head coach Steve Brooks. "Right now our girls are playing well; I just hope that we can take this momentum and use it as we move forward from this point."
ETSU opened play by sweeping all three doubles matches. The ETSU team of senior Yevgeniya Stupak (Kyiv, Ukraine) and junior Kelly Holtzhausen (Johannesburg, South Africa), dropped Mercer's Jennifer Lada and Amalia Bugge 8-3, while sophomores Paula Jaime (Madrid, Spain) and Karina Kedzo (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) continued their great play with a close 8-6 victory over Anna Wieslander and Priscilla Dias.
Not to be outdone the Lady Buc duo of junior Tara Sheets (Gate City, Va.) and sophomore Diana Navrostska (Kviv, Ukraine) made quick work of Stephanie Cohen and Sarah Hanna 8-2 at the No. 3 position.
As singles action got underway the Lady Bucs extended their lead as Navrostska dominated her contest against Cohn 6-1, 6-0, while Holtzhausen made the score 3-0 with her 6-1, 6-1 straight set victory over Wieslander at No. 2.
Just minutes later Paula Jaime then secured the win for ETSU as the second-year Lady Buc pushed her spring to 8-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 defeat over Bugge at No. 3. Adding to the ETSU scores were Stupak, who kept Lada off balance at No. 1 with a 6-2, 6-1 victory, while sophomore Andra Voinea (Brasov, Romania) dropped Hanna 6-2, 6-1.
Closing out the total for ETSU was Karina Kedzo who after falling in the first set 6-4, to Dias the Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela native fought back to win the second set 6-3. Then after falling behind 3-0 in the tiebreaker Kedzo continued to show her determination with a 10-7 win in the extra frame.
ETSU returns to action with a 2:30 p.m. contest Thursday at Florida Gulf Coast.
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