Bucs punch ticket to SoCon Final with 4-0 win over Chattanooga
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Bucs punch ticket to SoCon Final with 4-0 win over Chattanooga
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Bucs will look to win their first ever SoCon title Sunday vs. Samford

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 23, 2016) – The ETSU women’s tennis team knocked off in-state rival Chattanooga, 4-0, in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Women’s Tennis Championship Saturday afternoon. The Bucs improve to 19-2 with the win over the Mocs and advance to their second straight conference championship game.

“It was a hard fought win today in tough conditions,” said ETSU Head Coach Travis Sandlant. “We are definitely pumped up for tomorrow. We will go into the match with no pressure on our backs.”

Just like it did in the quarterfinals vs. Mercer, ETSU notched the doubles point behind wins out of its No. 2 and No. 3 positions. The Bucs have won the doubles point in 17 of the 21 matches this season.

Following their win in doubles, the Bucs received three straight set victories to clinch the match. Melissa Esguerra (Derrimutt, Austrailia) got things started winning her 16th match of the season. After the victory by Esguerra, Lyn Yee Choo (Kuching, Malaysia) made it 3-0 Bucs with a 6-4, 6-1 win over the Mocs’ top singles player, Kayla Jones. Freshman Marina Espana (Castellar Del Valles, Spain) clinched the match for ETSU and in doing so improved to 19-0 in singles this season.

ETSU will take No. 4 seed Samford in the championship match Sunday afternoon. The winner will receive the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. If the Bucs come out victorious it will be their first ever SoCon championship and fifth ever trip the NCAA Tournament. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

Singles competition

1. Lyn Yee Choo (ETSU) def. Kayla Jones (UTC) 6-4, 6-1

2. Regina Nychytailova (ETSU) vs. Kelsey Coots (UTC) 6-4, 1-6, unfinished

3. Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) vs. Samantha Caswell (UTC) 6-4, 3-2, unfinished

4. Marina Espana (ETSU) def. Alison Storie (UTC) 6-2, 6-0

5. Melissa Esguerra (ETSU) def. Katie Polk (UTC) 6-1, 6-1

6. Ana Gerbasi (ETSU) vs. Delaney Edwards (UTC) 3-6, 2-3, unfinished

 

Doubles competition

1. Lyn Yee Choo/Ana Gerbasi (ETSU) vs. Kayla Jones/Kelsey Coots (UTC) 4-5, unfinished

2. Marina Espana/Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) def. Samantha Caswell/Katie Polk (UTC) 6-3

3. Regina Nychytailova/Melissa Esguerra (ETSU) def. Alison Storie/Rachele Gazzola (UTC) 6-4

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