GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 22, 2017) – After a dominating 4-0 win over Wofford in the first round, the ETSU women’s tennis team carried that momentum into the Southern Conference semifinals with a 4-0 victory over No. 3 Mercer on Saturday morning in Greenville, S.C.
No. 2 ETSU will play No. 1 Furman at the Mickel Tennis Center at Furman on Sunday, April 23 at 10 a.m.
Just like in the opening round of the SoCon Tournament, the Bucs claimed the first two doubles matches as Marina Guinart (Castellar Del Valles, Spain)/Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece) and Jayde Viccars (Glen Waverly, Australia)/Melissa Esguerra (Derrimutt, Australia) won their respective matches. Viccars and Esguerra cruised to their sixth victory of the year in doubles. Guinart and Markesini extended their win streak to three straight and moved to 8-2 in their last ten matches.
After winning the doubles point, the Bucs won the first three singles matches in straight sets to punch their ticket into the SoCon Championship.
Guinart claimed her 36th straight victory in singles as she ran past Katia Stavroulaki 6-3, 6-3 out of the No. 1 flight. She earned her third consecutive win playing out of the No. 1 slot. The All-Freshman selection, Yi Chi Ma (Kaohsiung, Taiwan), earned a victory as she defeated Marie Mottet 6-2, 6-2 out of the No. 4 position. Esguerra capped off the victory for the Blue and Gold as she defeated Haley Powell 7-5, 6-0 in the No. 5 position. The junior moves to 12-6 overall this year and 9-3 out of the No. 5 flight.
With the win, the Bucs move to 14-5 overall this year, and Mercer drops to 14-9 overall.
The winner of Sunday’s match will receive the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. If the Bucs win, it will be their second-ever SoCon championship and sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament.
First serve for the championship game Sunday is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Mickel Tennis Center on the campus of Furman University.
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