JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 2, 2015) - ETSU saw its four-match win streak come to an end Thursday as Chattanooga rallied from a 3-0 deficit to edge ETSU, 4-3, in Johnson City. The loss marked the Bucs' first setback in Southern Conference competition.
The Buccaneers (10-4, 3-1 SoCon) came from behind to win at both No. 2 and No. 3 Doubles to take an early 1-0 match advantage.
At the No. 2 position, Jessica Brumit (Elizabethon, Tenn.) and Regina Nychytailova (Maripol, Ukraine) defeated Kaylene Chadwell and Kelsey Coots, 8-7 (7-4). Meanwhile, at No. 3, Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece) and Melissa Esguerra (Derrimutt, Australia) earned an 8-7 (7-3) victory versus Chattanooga's Claire Mulyadi and Katie Polk.
ETSU extended its match lead to 3-0 with straight-set singles wins by Nychytailova and Markesini at the No. 2 and No. 5 positions, respectively.
Markesini's win at No. 5 Singles marked her team-best fifth consecutive win in singles play.
It was then that the Mocs (15-2, 3-0 SoCon) flipped the script, rattling off four consecutive wins—each in three sets—to clinch the narrow, 4-3 victory.
"Full credit to Chattanooga today," ETSU coach Travis Sandlant said. "That was the biggest comeback win I have been involved in. For us once again, it was totally unacceptable as a team to be where we were and lose again."
Chattanooga's Kayla Jones became the first player since Feb. 14 to defeat ETSU's Lyn Yee Choo (Kuching, Malaysia), snapping Choo's seven-match singles win streak.
The Bucs will look to bounce back Saturday, April 4 when they visit SoCon opponent Samford in Birmingham, Ala.
Chattanooga 4, ETSU 3
1. Kayla Jones (UTC) def. Lyn Yee Choo (ETSU) 0-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (12-10)
2. Regina Nychytailova (ETSU) def. Kelsey Coots (UTC) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
3. Kaylene Chadwell (UTC) def. Ana Gerbasi (ETSU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
4. Samantha Caswell (UTC) def. Melissa Esguerra (ETSU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
5. Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) def. Claire Mulyadi (UTC) 6-4, 6-2
6. Alison Storie (UTC) def. Jessica Brumit (ETSU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
1. Kayla Jones/Samantha Caswell (UTC) def. Lyn Yee Choo/Ana Gerbasi (ETSU) 8-4
2. Jessica Brumit/Regina Nychytailova (ETSU) def. Kelsey Coots/Kaylene Chadwell (UTC) 8-7
3. Ioanna Markesini/Melissa Esguerra (ETSU) def. Claire Mulyadi/Katie Polk (UTC) 8-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,5,1,3,4,6)
Saturday, April 4 at Samford - 10:00 a.m.
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