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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 1, 2012) – After spending the entire month of February on the road, the ETSU women’s tennis team will play its last of five-consecutive away matches on Friday, when it travels to the Asheville Racquet Club Downtown in Asheville, N.C. to take on UNC Asheville at 2 p.m.
ETSU (1-4) most recently ran into an undefeated South Carolina State (6-0) squad last Saturday and lost to the Lady Bulldogs 5-2. The match was the last of an entire month which ETSU spent on the road, where the Bucs also met with then-No. 47 Georgia State, then-No. 61 Virginia Tech and UNC Wilmington. ETSU was also scheduled to face Appalachian State (Feb. 19), but had the match rescheduled to April 13 due to the threat of inclement weather in the Boone area.
Freshman Jessica Brumit (Elizabethton, Tenn.) is coming off two-consecutive straight-set victories in ETSU’s last two matches. Last Thursday against UNC Wilmington, Brumit defeated Casey Dashiell 6-3, 6-1 to earn the Elizabethton native her first collegiate dual match singles victory. Two days later against South Carolina State, Brumit made it two in a row when she fought to win a second-set tiebreak and take down Laura Bosneag in a much closer 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) contest. Also in that match, senior Marine Wieliczko (Rouen, France) defeated Akilah James 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles, and teamed with Brumit to win 8-5 at No. 3 doubles.
Asheville (4-6, 0-1 Big South) has played its last seven matches at the Asheville Racquet Club Downtown, having gone 3-4 in that stretch with its only other home match coming in its season opening 4-3 win against Davidson (Jan. 28).
On Monday, in Asheville’s latest match, the Bulldogs swept Brevard College 7-0. Emily McNall, playing at No. 2 singles, was the only Bulldog to drop a set to Brevard, and Asheville’s Devon Cavanaugh won both of her sets at love in No. 6 singles action. Asheville also swept the doubles point with scores of 8-1, 8-4 and 8-4 at No. 1, 2 and 3, respectively.
Jenna Dodge has been on fire for Asheville having won her last five singles matches and boasting a 6-1 singles record through the spring season. During her five-match winning streak Dodge has won nine-of-10 sets, losing only the first set to Campbell’s Katya Yegoreychenko last Saturday before coming back to defeat the Camels’ No. 5 singles player in a match tiebreak 3-6, 6-3, 10-6.
ETSU and Asheville have met in each of the last three seasons, with the Bucs having gone 3-0 against the Bulldogs in that stretch. Last year, ETSU defeated Asheville 4-3 on April 7 at the Buddy Hartsell Tennis Center. The two sides last met in Asheville two years ago when ETSU handled the Bulldogs 6-1.
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