JOHNSON CITY, TENN. (March 5, 2020) — The ETSU Women’s Tennis team began Southern Conference play on Thursday afternoon hosting the Western Carolina Catamounts. The Blue and Gold improved to 8-4 on the season and 1-0 in SoCon action as they defeated the Catamounts 6-1.
The Bucs captured the doubles point in just 25 minutes with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3. At the two spot, Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (Basauri, Spain) and Raquel Amaro (Caracas, Venezuela) defeated their Catamount opponent 6-2. Just a few seconds later on the third court Michelle de Haan (Drenthe, Netherlands) and Maria Carvajal (Carvajal, Queretaro, Mexico) won their match 6-1 to put the Bucs up 1-0 heading into singles.
After taking a 1-0 lead into singles play, the Bucs jumped off to a quick 2-0 advantage after winning by default at No. 2. Three singles matches finished within a span of a few minutes to give the Bucs the match as Amaro was the first to clinch her victory with a straight set win at No. 4. Next was Carvajal at the five spot who secured a 6-2, 6-0 victory to clinch the match for ETSU. On court three, Pascual-Larrinaga continued the success for the Blue and Gold defeating her Catamount opponent, 6-1, 6-2.
The top two spots were much more competitive. After falling in the first set 6-3, Laylo Bakhodirova (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) battled back in the top spot to force a tiebreak to decide the match. Bakhodirova won the tiebreak 10-8 and now has won six straight results. At number two, Alejandra Morales’ (Santiago, Chile) comeback fell short losing both sets 6-4.
Pascual-Larrinaga has now won five singles matches in a row. The Bucs continue SoCon play on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Dave Mullins Tennis Complex as they host the Wofford Terriers.
1. Laylo Bakhodirova (ETSU) def. Jordan Strickland (WCU) 3-6, 6-4, 10-8
2. Jacy Smith (WCU) def. Alejandra Morales (ETSU) 6-4, 6-4
3. A. Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSU) def. Carli Deehr (WCU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Raquel Amaro (ETSU) def. Lauren McCall (WCU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Maria Carvajal (ETSU) def. Emily Elliott (WCU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Yunuen Elizarraras (ETSU) def. No player (WCU), by forfeit
1. Jacy Smith/Jordan Strickland (WCU) def. Laylo Bakhodirova/Alejandra Morales (ETSU) 6-0
2. Raquel Amaro/A. Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSU) def. Emily Elliott/Carli Deehr (WCU) 6-2
3. Michelle de Haan/Maria Carvajal (ETSU) def. Lauren McCall/Jordyn King (WCU) 6-1
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