Lady Bucs guaranteed first-round bye, share of regular season championship
MACON, Ga. (April 12, 2013) – The ETSU women’s tennis team put together another impressive display by shutting out the Mercer Bears, 7-0, Friday afternoon from the LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center and clinching the No. 1 seed in next weekend’s Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship.
The result was never in doubt as ETSU (12-5, 7-0 A-Sun) imposed itself early on in doubles, following that up with a straight-set sweep of Mercer (5-14, 1-6 A-Sun) in singles for the seven-point shutout. Freshman Lyn Yee Choo (Kuching, Malaysia) was part of it, earning her 29th victory and 14th in a row, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 2 over Lucie Payrat. The win moves Choo to within three of Sandie Knight’s ETSU single-season record.
The Lady Bucs also guaranteed themselves at least a share of the regular season championship, and will take sole possession of it with a chance to go a perfect 8-0 on Saturday against Kennesaw State.
“To be undefeated at this moment is a great feeling,” ETSU assistant coach Travis Sandlant said. Our final match tomorrow against Kennesaw State is a very important one. Last year, KSU beat us at home, so we will be looking for some revenge.”
Kennesaw State edged the Lady Bucs, 4-3, last year in Johnson City, handing ETSU its last A-Sun, regular season loss. ETSU went on to win the series finale versus USC Upstate and currently rides a eight-match, A-Sun winning streak.
As for Friday, the Lady Buccaneers were dominant. Choo and classmate Anna Gerbasi (Caracas, Venezuela) played their first doubles set as a nationally ranked duo – achieving the No. 71 spot in this week’s ITA poll – and ran past Payrat and Isabel Dennis to clinch the doubles point, 8-1. The ETSU freshmen move to 23-8 overall, 13-2 in spring duel play and 7-0 in the A-Sun.
Choo was then the first to put up a point in singles with her win over Payrat. Gerbasi eased by Liza Klyachkin, 6-0, 6-2 on court three, followed by sophomore Jessica Brumit (Elizabethton, Tenn.) nailing down the match with a straight-set victory at love, defeating Amanda Bertani on court six.
Cruise control continued into the final matches as Salma Dahbi (Marrakech, Morocco) dispensed of Natalie Franklin, 6-0, 6-1, on court five, before senior Antonia Kolovou (Larisa, Greece) locked down her 22nd win of the 2012-13 campaign to stay a perfect 7-0 in A-Sun play, 6-4, 6-0, over Dennis. Senior Giulia Andreazza (Balneario Camboriu, Brazil) put the finishing touches on the day at No. 3, 6-0, 6-3.
Saturday’s regular season finale against Kennesaw State is set for 2 p.m.
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