BLACKSBURG, Va. (Jan. 26, 2018) – In their season opener, the ETSU women’s tennis team fell to the Virginia Tech Hokies, 7-0 on Friday afternoon in Blacksburg, Va.
Jayde Viccars (Glen Waverley, Australia) and Melissa Esguerra (Derrimutt, Australia) combined in doubles and fell to the Hokie’s McKenzie Collins and Katherine Butler, 6-2. Pairing together for the first time this season was Yi Chi Ma (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) and Alejandra Morales (Santiago, Chile). They were defeated 6-3 by Sarah Baron and Elena Cerezo-Codina. Lastly in doubles action, Caroline Daxhelet and Natalie Novotna defeated ETSU’s Alory Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece), 7-5.
After dropping the doubles point, the Bucs geared up for the singles round. Freshman Esther Guemes earned her debut as a Buccaneer, but dropped her match 6-0, 6-0 to Nina Sorkin. Ioanna Markesini took on #25 ranked Natalie Novotna, but fell 6-0, 6-3. Melissa Esguerra competed in the No. 4 singles, while Yi Chi Ma competed in the No. 3 singles. Both were defeated by the Hokies. Evansville transfer, Andrea Pascual-Larinaga (Basauri, Spain) and freshman Alejandra Morales also competed for the first time in the blue and gold, but lost their matches.
The ETSU women’s tennis team returns to action tomorrow, Jan. 27 when they take on the Tennessee Vols. The match is set for 3:00 p.m.
1. #25 Natalie Novotna (VT) def. Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) 6-0, 6-3
2. Caroline Daxhelet (VT) def. Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT) def. Yi Chi Ma (ETSU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Nika Kozar (VT) def. Melissa Esguerra (ETSU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Katherine Butler (VT) def. Alejandra Morales (ETSU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Nina Sorkin (VT) def. Esther Guemes (ETSU) 6-0, 6-0
Order of finish: 1,6,4,5,3,2
1. Daxhelet/Novotna (VT) def. Ioanna Markesini/Alory Pereira (ETSU) 7-5
2. Sarah Baron/Cerezo-Codina (VT) def. Yi Chi Ma/Alejandra Morales (ETSU) 6-3
3. Butler/McKenzie Collins (VT) def. Melissa Esguerra/Jayde Viccars (ETSU) 6-2
Order of finish: 3,2,1
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