Bucs Unable to Fend Off Blue Raiders' Comeback
Bucs Unable to Fend Off Blue Raiders' Comeback
Sunday, February 16, 2020

Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Feb. 16, 2020) — The ETSU women’s tennis team had a quick turnaround after yesterday’s win over Cincinnati as they faced the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders on Sunday morning. The Bucs held a lead in the middle of the match, but were unable to secure the win falling to MTSU 4-3.

The Bucs captured the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and 3 courtesy of Andrea Pascual-Larrrinaga (Basauri, Spain) and Marija Carvajal (Queretaro, Mexico) at the two spot and Yunuen Elizarraras (Cuernavaca, Mexico) and Michelle de Haan (Drenthe, Netherlands) at the three. 

Laylo Bakhodirova (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) got the ball rolling in singles play with a quick 6-0, 6-1 victory at the top spot. After a setback at No. 5, Alejandra Morales (Santiago, Chile) secured her second victory of the weekend with consecutive 6-4 victories at the No. 2 bout to put the Bucs within one win of a win.

Down 3-1, MTSU fought back with come-from-behind wins at the three, four and six singles battles to clinch the comeback with for the Blue Raiders.

Singles competition
1. Laylo Bakhodirova (ETSU) def. Zani Barnard (MT) 6-1, 6-0
2. Alejandra Morales (ETSU) def. Lee Barnard (MT) 6-4, 6-4
3. Lidia Burrows (MT) def. A. Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSU) 6-0, 5-7, 7-6
4. Marta Peris Herrero (MT) def. Maria Carvajal (ETSU) 7-6, 3-6, 6-3
5. Muskan Gupta (MT) def. Yunuen Elizarraras (ETSU) 6-0, 6-4
6. Noelle Mauro (MT) def. Michelle de Haan (ETSU) 2-6, 7-5, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Lee Barnard/Lidia Burrows (MT) vs. Laylo Bakhodirova/Alejandra Morales (ETSU) 5-5, unfinished
2. A. Pascual-Larrinaga/Maria Carvajal (ETSU) def. Marta Peris Herrero/Zani Barnard (MT) 6-3
3. Yunuen Elizarraras/Michelle de Haan (ETSU) def. Love-Star Alexis/Muskan Gupta (MT) 6-1

Match notes:
ETSU 3-4
Middle Tennessee 4-5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,5,2,6,3,4)


The Bucs are back in action next weekend as they host Lipscomb in Johnson City on Saturday, Feb. 22.

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