AKRON, Ohio. (Feb. 17, 2018) – The ETSU women’s tennis team picked up a big win on the road against Big 12 opponent, West Virginia on Saturday morning at the LaTuchie Tennis Center. A great team effort gave the Bucs a 6-1 win to improve to 3-3, as the Mountaineers fall to 2-3.
In doubles action, West Virginia was able to finish first with a 6-2 win in the No. 1 doubles spot, but the Bucs fought back to win back-to-back matches to clinch the doubles point. Yi Chi Ma (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) and Melissa Esguerra (Derrimutt, Australia) combined to defeat West Virginia’s Paula Goetz and Lyn Yuen Choo 6-3. Alejandra Morales (Santiago, Chile) and Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (Basauri, Spain) then won 6-4 over Abigail Rosiello and Kirsten White at the No. 3 doubles spot.
ETSU continued their momentum into singles play. Melissa Esguerra defeated Abigail Rosiello 6-1, 6-1, followed by Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece) who won 6-4, 6-2 against Christina Jordan. Freshman Alejandra Morales improved to 3-3 on the season with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Kirsten White. Senior Alory Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) continues to stay undefeated in No.2 singles after she defeated Anne-Sophie Courteau in a three-set battle. Pereira came behind to win 1-6, 6-2, 6-3. The Mountaineers were able to grab one point at the No. 4 singles, but Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga closed out the match with a 7-5, 2-6, 10-8 win, as the Bucs would win 6-1.
“We had a great team effort,” said head coach Ricky Rojas. “I’m very proud of our girls and the way they competed. Everyone played a key role today. I look forward in seeing this team again tomorrow.”
The Bucs will take on the Akron Zips tomorrow (Feb. 18) at 10:00 a.m.
No. 1: Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) def. Christina Jordan (WVU) - 6-1, 6-2
No. 2: Alory Pereira (ETSU) def. Anne-Sophie Courteau (WVU) - 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
No. 3: Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSU) def. Lyn Yuen Choo (WVU) - 7-5, 2-6, 10-8
No. 4: Giovanna Caputo (WVU) def. Yi Chi Ma (ETSU) - 6-4, 6-4
No. 5: Melissa Esguerra (ETSU) def. Abigail Rosiello (WVU) - 6-1, 6-1
No. 6: Alejandra Morales (ETSU) def. Kirsten White (WVU) - 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5, 1, 6, 2, 4, 3
No. 1: Christina Jordan/Sofia Duran (WVU) def. Alory Pereira/Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) - 6-2
No. 2: Yi Chi Ma/Melissa Esguerra (ETSU) def. Lyn Yuen Choo/Paula Goetz (WVU) - 6-3
No. 3: Alejandra Morales/Andrea Pascual (ETSU) def. Anne-Sophie Courteau/Giovanna Caputo (WVU) -6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
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