Women’s Tennis sweeps Western Carolina in mid-week match
Women’s Tennis sweeps Western Carolina in mid-week match
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bucs improve to 3-1 in the SoCon

BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 21, 2018) –  Despite the snow, the ETSU women’s tennis team played indoors at the Bristol Racquet Club to earn their second sweep of the season. The Bucs swept Western Carolina to improve to 7-9 and 3-1 in the SoCon, while WCU dropped to 6-6 and 0-2 in the conference. 

Senior duo Alory Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece) set the tone for the Bucs with a 6-4 win in doubles. Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (Basauri, Spain) and Alejandra Morales (Santiago, Chile) clinched the doubles point also with a 6-4 win after defeating Carli Deehr and Caitlin Ward. To conclude the doubles sweep, Yi Chi Ma (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) and Melissa Esguerra (Derrimutt, Australia) won their match 7-5.

The freshman was eager to continue ETSU’s success, as Morales would defeat Alexa Webb 6-0, 6-4. Her doubles partner, Pascual-Larrinaga followed in her footsteps, as she took down Lauren McCall 6-2, 6-4. Senior Alory Pereira clinched the match for the Bucs at the No. 1 spot. She won 7-5, 6-4 over Jordan Strickland. ETSU continued to pile on the wins after Markesini came back to win a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 match over Jordyn King. Lastly, wins came from Esguerra and Ma to help complete the match sweep. Esguerra won 6-3, 6-0, while Ma defeated Carli Deehr 6-2, 6-1.

ETSU will play their last road match when they head to Richmond, Va. to take on the VCU Rams. The match is set for 10:00 a.m. Following this match, the Bucs will return to Johnson City for their last four home matches.

Singles competition

  1. Alory Pereira (ETSUW) def. Jordan Strickland (WCU) 7-5, 6-4
  2. Ioanna Markesini (ETSUW) def. Jordyn King (WCU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
  3. A. Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSUW) def. Lauren McCall (WCU) 6-2, 6-4
  4. Alejandra Morales (ETSUW) def. Alexa Webb (WCU) 6-0, 6-3
  5. Melissa Esguerra (ETSUW) def. Savannah Taranto (WCU) 6-3, 6-0
  6. Yi Chi Ma (ETSUW) def. Carli Deehr (WCU) 6-2, 6-1

 Doubles competition

  1. Alory Pereira/Ioanna Markesini (ETSUW) def. Savannah Taranto/Jordan Strickland (WCU) 6-4
  2. Yi Chi Ma/Melissa Esguerra (ETSUW) def. Jordyn King/Lauren McCall (WCU) 7-5
  3. A. Pascual-Larrinaga/Alejandra Morales (ETSUW) def. Carli Deehr/Caitlin Ward (WCU) 6-4

 Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,3,1,2,5,6)

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