Furman edges ETSU in regular season finale, 4-3
Saturday was the final home match for seniors (L to R): Regina Nychytailova, Ana Gerbasi and Lyn Yee Choo
Furman edges ETSU in regular season finale, 4-3
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Bucs earn No. 2 seed in next weekend’s conference tournament

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 16, 2016) – In a match to decide the SoCon regular season champion, Furman edged the ETSU women’s tennis team by a score of 4-3 Saturday. With the loss the Bucs finish the regular season with a record of 17-2 overall and 6-1 in conference action. Saturday’s match also marked the final home match for the team’s three seniors: Lyn Yee Choo (Kuching, Malaysia), Ana Gerbasi (Caracas, Venezuela) and Regina Nychytailova (Maripol, Ukraine)

The Bucs got off to a slow start Saturday dropping all three doubles matches. It is the first time that ETSU lost all three doubles contests in a match this season and first time since April 26, 2015 vs. Samford.

Following the loss in doubles, the Bucs got on the board when Marina Espana (Castellar Del Valles, Spain) defeated Karlee Bryde: 6-3, 6-2. Sophomores Melissa Esguerra (Derrimutt, Austrailia) and Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece) also picked up wins out of the No. 5 and No. 3 slots, respectively, to put ETSU in a position to win the match. Unfortunately for ETSU, however, Katarina Weymouth won a three-set match over Nychytailova to seal the match for the Paladins.

By virtue of the results around the league Saturday, the Bucs claimed the No. 2 seed in next weekend’s conference tournament in Chattanooga. ETSU will open the tournament against the No. 7 seed Mercer at 3 p.m. Friday.

Singles competition

1. Ansley Speaks (FUR) def. Lyn Yee Choo (ETSU) 6-1, 6-3

2. Katarina Weymouth (FUR) def. Regina Nychytailova (ETSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

3. Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) def. Blair Martin (FUR) 7-6, 6-4

4. Marina Espana (ETSU) def. Karlee Bryde (FUR) 6-3, 6-2

5. Melissa Esguerra (ETSU) def. Gabby Rodriguez (FUR) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1

6. Harper Caswell (FUR) def. Ana Gerbasi (ETSU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1


Doubles competition

1. Ansley Speaks/Katarina Weymouth (FUR) def. Lyn Yee Choo/Ana Gerbasi (ETSU) 6-4

2. Gabby Rodriguez/Blair Martin (FUR) def. Ioanna Markesini/Marina Espana (ETSU) 6-4

3. Harper Caswell/Karlee Bryde (FUR) def. Melissa Esguerra/Regina Nychytailova (ETSU) 7-5


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