Bucs edged by Western Kentucky, 4-3
Bucs edged by Western Kentucky, 4-3
Sunday, February 25, 2018

Pereira wins both of her matches today

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Feb. 25, 2018) –  With back-to-back home matches, Western Kentucky edged the Bucs 4-3 on Sunday morning at the Bristol Racquet Club, handing the Bucs their first loss at home. ETSU drops to 4-6, while WKU improves to 4-3.

The Bucs came from behind to the take the doubles point. WKU won the first match, but Alory Pereira and Ioanna Markesini defeated Moki Ito and Monica Malinen 7-5. To clinch the doubles point, Yi Chi Ma and Melissa Esguerra defeated Violetta Shatalova and Elpida Malamou 6-4.

WKU evened the match after Monica Malinen defeated Yi Chi Ma 6-3, 6-0, but the Bucs won back-to-back matches to give them an advantage. Pascual-Larrinaga defeated Violetta Shatalova 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Alory Pereira came back from being behind to win a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 match over Elpida Malamou. WKU’s Moka Ito defeated Ioanna Markesini in a tight battle. Markesini fell 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6). WKU evened the match with a three-set win after Natalia De Ugarte took a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win against Esguerra. In the last match of the day, Morales took the first set, but Cindy Oest came from behind to win two sets in a row to clinch the win for WKU.

The Bucs are on the road for their next five matches. They will kick of conference play next Saturday, March 3 at Chattanooga. The match is set to start at 5:00 p.m. 

Singles competition

  1. Moka Ito (WKU) def. Ioanna Markesini (ETSUW) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
  2. Alory Pereira (ETSUW) def. Elpida Malamou (WKU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
  3. A. Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSUW) def. Violetta Shatalova (WKU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
  4. Monica Malinen (WKU) def. Yi Chi Ma (ETSUW) 6-3, 6-0
  5. Natalia De Ugarte (WKU) def. Melissa Esguerra (ETSUW) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
  6. Cindy Oest (WKU) def. Alejandra Morales (ETSUW) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3

 Doubles competition

  1. Alory Pereira/Ioanna Markesini (ETSUW) def. Moka Ito/Monica Malinen (WKU) 7-5
  2. Yi Chi Ma/Melissa Esguerra (ETSUW) def. Violetta Shatalova/Elpida Malamou (WKU) 6-4
  3. Cindy Oest/Natalia De Ugarte def. A. Pascual-Larrinaga/Alejandra Morales (ETSUW) 6-0

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,2,1,6,5) 

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