BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 15, 2015) - For the seventh time in nine matches, the ETSU women's tennis team notched a win, defeating UNC Greensboro, 6-1, at the Bristol Racquet & Fitness Club in the Bucs' regular-season finale. Prior to the match, ETSU recognized the contributions of its lone outgoing senior, Jessica Brumit (Elizabethton, Tenn.), as well as graduate assistant Paola Stephen and athletic trainer Chelsea Puckett.
Playing in the final home match of her career, Brumit earned a pair of wins—an appropriate closure to the regular season for one of the program's all-time winningest players.
At No. 2 Doubles, Brumit paired with Regina Nychytailova (Maripol, Ukraine) for an 8-6 win, extending the duo's win streak to five matches. Meanwhile, Brumit was the first player to finish in singles play, cruising to a 6-0, 6-4 win at the No. 5 position.
"It meant so much to be able to win," Brumit said. "I was really excited today, but it also made me a bit nervous. But to be able to win was the perfect way to close out playing at home. I had so many friends and family here to support me, so that was a great feeling."
During her four-year career at ETSU, Brumit has excelled on and off the court, amassing an impressive overall record of 105-39, including a 41-6 mark in conference play. In 2012 and 2014, she earned All-Atlantic Sun Second Team honors. Off the court, she has maintained a stellar 3.98 grade point average, and was named Atlantic Sun Women's Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year last season.
Complimenting Brumit and Nychytailova's doubles victory were the Buccaneers' (13-5, 5-2 SoCon) other two doubles teams, which each earned wins in tiebreakers, allowing ETSU to carry a 1-0 match advantage into singles play.
Lyn Yee Choo (Kuching, Malaysia) and Ana Gerbasi (Caracas, Venezuela) outlasted the Spartans' (8-10, 2-3 SoCon) Kayla Gammie and Corinne Blythe, 8-7 (9-7), to win at the top doubles spot, while Melissa Esguerra (Derrimutt, Australia) and Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece) also won in a tiebreaker, defeating Masey DeMoss and Soumeya Anane, 8-7 (7-3), at No. 3.
Together, Esguerra and Markesini have won a team-best six consecutive doubles matches.
Wednesday's match marked the eighth-consecutive outing in which the Bucs have captured the doubles point.
In singles play, ETSU earned wins at five of the six spots, with four of those victories coming in straight sets.
Choo tallied her third-consecutive singles win, besting Gammie, 6-0, 7-5, at No. 1.
Gerbasi clinched the match for the the Bucs, recording a 6-4, 6-4 win over Amy Ellis at the No. 3 position.
Fresman Jayde Viccars (Glen Waverely, Australia) also won in straight sets by defeating Blaine Boaz, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 6.
At No. 2 Singles, Nychytailova came from behind to earn a hard-fought, three-set victory versus Anane, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.
The Buccaneers, winners of three consecutive matches, will look to continue their winning ways next weekend in the Southern Conference Women's Tennis Championships in Greenville, S.C.
The tournament, which will be held at the Minor Herndon Mickel Tennis Center on the campus of Furman University, will take place April 24-26.
"I think we're starting to bring everything together at the right time, but we want to carry that momentum on," Brumit said. "We want to just keep fighting each and every point. I think if we continue do that, we'll be good for the conference tournament."
With a 5-2 record in league play, ETSU currently ranks third in the SoCon standings behind Samford (6-0) and Chattanooga (5-0). Samford and Chattanooga were the only conference opponents to defeat ETSU this season.
Last season, the Bucs won the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history.
ETSU 6, UNCG 1
1. Lyn Yee Choo (ETSU) def. Kayla Gammie (UNCG) 6-0, 7-5
2. Regina Nychytailova (ETSU) def. Soumeya Anane (UNCG) 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
3. Ana Gerbasi (ETSU) def. Amy Ellis (UNCG) 6-4, 6-4
4. Corinne Blythe (UNCG) def. Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) 6-6, retired
5. Jessica Brumit (ETSU) def. Jamie Grinberg (UNCG) 6-0, 6-4
6. Jayde Viccars (ETSU) def. Blaine Boaz (UNCG) 6-0, 6-3
1. Lyn Yee Choo/Ana Gerbasi (ETSU) def. Kayla Gammie/Corinne Blythe (UNCG) 8-7 (9-7)
2. Jessica Brumit/Regina Nychytailova (ETSU) def. Blaine Boaz/Jamie Grinberg (UNCG) 8-6
3. Melissa Esguerra/Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) def. Masey DeMoss/Soumeya Anane (UNCG) 8-7 (7-3)
UNCG 8-10, 2-3 SoCon
ETSU 12-6, 5-2 SoCon
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,1,3,2,4,6)
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