ETSU upended 5-2 by Virginia Tech in Blacksburg
Yi Chi Ma goes undefeated at Virginia Tech to open 2017 season.
ETSU upended 5-2 by Virginia Tech in Blacksburg
Saturday, January 21, 2017

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Jan. 21, 2017) – To open the season, the ETSU women’s tennis team was upended by Virginia Tech 5-2 on Saturday in Blacksburg, Va.

To open the dual match season, Virginia Tech took the first two doubles matches, but ETSU snuck out the final match, 6-4. Alory Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Yi Chi Ma (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) defeated Disbergen/Ghanem for their first doubles victory of the 2017 season.

Ma and Marina Guinart Espana (Castellar Del Valles, Spain) were the lone Buccaneers to win in singles play, and the duo did so by taking their opponents into three sets. Ma won her first set 6-4 but lost the second, 2-6. She ultimately rebounded in the third set winning 10-5. Guinart found momentum in the second set as she won the final two sets to take the match.

Melissa Esguerra (Derrimutt, Australia) was the third Buccaneer to take her challenger into three sets. Esguerra blanked Disbergen 6-0 in the second set but was eventually defeated 10-5 in the third.

Playing out of the No. 1 slot, No. 95 Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece) was defeated in two sets 6-1, 6-1.

ETSU looks to rebound at a neutral site as the Bucs will take on Troy tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Blacksburg.



  1. Francesca Fusinato (VT) def. 95 Ioanna Markesini (ETSU): 6-1, 6-1
  2. Marina Guinart (ETSU) Elena Cerezo-Codina (VT): 5-7, 6-2, 11-9
  3. Natalie Novotna (VT) def. Alory Pereira (ETSU): 6-3, 6-0
  4. Shene Disbergen (VT) def. Melissa Esguerra (ETSU): 2-6, 6-0, 10-5
  5. Yi Chi Ma (ETSU) Katherine Butler (VT): 6-4, 2-6, 10-6
  6. Nancy Ghanem (VT) def. Jayde Viccars (ETSU): 6-2, 6-0

Order of finish: 1,6,3,4,5,2


  1. Cezero-Codina/Daxhelet (VT) def. Guinart/Markesini (ETSU): 6-3
  2. Pereira/Ma (ETSU) Disbergen/Ghanem (VT): 6-4
  3. Nandakumar/Uscocovich (VT) def. Viccars/Esquerra (ETSU): 6-2

Order of finish: 3,1,2


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