Women’s tennis weekly preview: Tusculum and Liberty
Women’s tennis weekly preview: Tusculum and Liberty
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bucs host home opener with Tusculum followed by a trip to Liberty on Saturday


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 31, 2017) – The ETSU women’s tennis team will host its first home match of the year on February 1 at Dave Mullins Tennis Complex, and following the home opener, the Bucs will travel to Lynchburg, Va. for a dual match with Liberty on February 4.

About ETSU

After her 3-1 performance to open the season, Marina Guinart (Castellar Del Valles, Spain) was tabbed the SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week. The Spain native started the season 2-0 in singles play with wins over Elena Cerezo-Codina of Virginia Tech and Hannah Seizer of Troy. Since starting at ETSU last year, Guinart is an impressive 21-0 including going 19-0 during her rookie season.

Yi Chi Ma (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) and Alory Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) are the only undefeated Buccaneers in doubles tennis as the duo sports a 2-0 record. Playing out of the No. 2 slot, Ma and Pereira have defeated both Virginia Tech and Troy by a score of 6-4.

Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece) is the lone nationally ranked Buccaneer (No. 95) in singles tennis. The junior is 1-1 in singles matches while playing out of the No. 1 position. She has teamed up with Guinart in doubles tennis, and the tandem have posted a 1-1 record in the early part of the season.  

Previewing the Pioneers

Tusculum is 2-0 early in the season with wins over UVa-Wise and King. The Pioneers have many players on the team that have seen action this season. Nine players have already seen at least one match this season.

Doubles play is where the Pioneers have thrived this year. In six doubles matches this year, Tusculum is a perfect 2-0 in all three positions. Five of the six players that have played in doubles matches this season are also undefeated in singles play.  

Scouting Liberty

Announced earlier this month, Liberty was selected to finish second in the Big South Conference. It was only seven points behind Winthrop, who defeated the Flames in the Big South Conference championship last season. The Flames received one first place vote after posting an 8-1 conference record in 2016.

Liberty has a young roster with five players being freshmen and sophomores. On that roster, Evangeline Crist (junior) and Anna Dollar (sophomore) were tabbed as the No. 7 doubles tandem in the Atlantic Region at the beginning of the new year.

The Flames will open their spring schedule at home on February 1 against Big South foe Longwood before hosting ETSU on February 4.

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