Byrne breaks all-time wins record as Lady Bucs ace both UNC Asheville and Wofford
Friday, April 10, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 10, 2009) - Led by senior Tara Byrne's (Johnson City) two record breaking singles wins, the ETSU women's tennis team swept both visiting Wofford and UNC Asheville, Friday inside the Memorial Center and at the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center on the ETSU campus.


Entering the day needing only one more singles win to tie ETSU great Masha Illina mark of 103 victories, Byrne rolled past Haley Baird of Wofford in straight sets 6-2, 6-0 and UNC Asheville's Stephanie Schon 6-0, 6-0, breaking the schools all-time wins mark.  In addition to sitting atop the record book with 104 victories, the Lady Buc captain has had an outstanding career over her four years at ETSU. The 2006 A-Sun Freshman of the Year and three-time all-conference member has seen success not only on the court but off. Byrne has been named a three-time member of the A-Sun All-Academic team, in addition to be honored as an ITA Scholar Athlete in 2008.


"It feels good to accomplish something like this over the four years I've played," said Byrne. "To be able to do this with my teammates at a school that I've loved makes it really special. I've tried to always play with confidence since I've been here and that's been the biggest key."


ETSU 7-0 Wofford


As play opened the Lady Bucs rolled sweeping all three doubles contests. In No. 1 doubles junior Yevgenyia Stupak (Kyiv, Ukraine) and freshman Paula Jaime (Madrid, Spain) aced their way to a perfect 8-0 win over Haley Barid and Sabrina Smyers. Byrne and freshman teammate Karina Kedzo (Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) continued their hot play as of late dropping Cayley Wetzig and Kristin Demosthenes, 8-1, while sophomore Tara Sheets (Gate City, Va.) and senior Vita Moskavoliva (Minsk, Belarus) rolled past Betsy Hauer and Sonia Anand, 8-4.


The Lady Bucs didn't let up as singles play opened as all six matches were won in straight sets. No. 109-ranked Stupak had little trouble with Wetzig dropping the Wofford sophomore 6-0, 6-2. After Byrne tied the all-time singles mark with her first victory of the day, Kedzo retired Sabrina Smyers after the first set and fellow newcomer Paula Jaime made quick work of Sonia Anand with a pair of 6-0 straight set wins in No. 4 singles play.


After losing Wednesday, Tara Sheets rebounded in a big way dropping Besty Hauer 6-2, 6-1, while junior Whitney Trotter (Guadalajara, Mexico) rounded out the scores by picking up her first win of the spring, dominating Demosthenes in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.


ETSU 6-1 UNC Asheville


Just like the first match of the day ETSU came out blazing, sweeping all three doubles matches 8-3.


With the early 1-0 lead, ETSU wouldn't let up as Byrne earned her record-breaking win and Kedzo picked up her victory after Devon Cavanaugh retired after just three games in the first set. The Lady Bucs continued to pour on the points as Stupak blasted winner after winner past Leslie Smith for a 6-0, 6-0 straight set win in No.1 singles.


The Lady Bucs closed out the match winning two out of the last three contests on Court Two. Tara Sheets continued to roll picking up her second win of the day as she dropped Louise Bottomley 6-3, 6-3, while upperclassman Whitney Trotter closed out Tania Mateva for her second consecutive victory 6-3, 6-4.


Rounding out scores for ETSU was Vita Moskaliova who dropped her head-to-head contest to Nicole Schon 6-0, 6-2.


"Today I thought we did a good job maintaining our focus and playing hard," said head coach Steve Brooks. "With the A-Sun regular season over its important that we keep our focus and stay sharp through these three matches we have left."


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