Bucs Excel in Fall 2020 Opening Tournament
Bucs Excel in Fall 2020 Opening Tournament
Sunday, October 4, 2020

Macon, Ga. (Oct. 4, 2020) — The ETSU women’s tennis team concluded its opening tournament of the 2020 fall season on Saturday evening. The Bucs completed the Mercer Gridiron Classic with a 13-5 record in singles play and 8-1 in doubles action.

On Friday, the Bucs began the tournament with a 9-3 record in singles play and won all three doubles matches. Maria Carvajal (Queretaro, Mexico) (6-1, 6-0; 6-2, 6-4) and Yunuen Elizarraras (Cuernavaca, Mexico) (6-1, 6-0; 7-5, 6-0) both returned to Blue and Gold with two straight-set victories.

Newcomers Mayya Gorbunova (Moscow, Russia) and Emilia Alfaro (Azul, Argentina) both went 2-0 on Friday with straight set wins. Alfaro lost just three games in four total sets.

On day two of the tournament, Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga recorded her second win of the weekend. She fell behind after a 4-6 first set defeat, but won the next two sets 6-4, 6-2 to win her last match of the tournament. Carvajal and Elizarraras moved to 3-0 on the weekend with straight-set victories over Mercer opponents while Alfaro moved to 3-0 after a 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 marathon match.

Head Coach Ricky Rojas kept the same doubles pairings over the course of two days. The duos of Alexandra Morales and Gorbunova and Pascual/Carvajal concluded the tournament 3-0 in three tight matches. matched their teammates record at 3-0, but did not allow their opponent to win more than five games in a set all weekend. Alfaro/Elizarraras began the weekend 2-0, but fell 8-4 in their final match of the tournament.  

Results: 

Singles
Day 1:
Lee Barnard (MTSU) def. Alejandra Morales (ETSU); 7-5, 7-5
Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSU) def. Lidia Burrows (MTSU); 7-5, 6-3
Emilia Alfaro (ETSU) def. Noelle Mauro (MTSU); 6-1, 6-0
Mayya Gorbunova (ETSU) def. Michelle Ncube (TROY); 6-3, 6-2
Maria Fernanda Carvajal (ETSU) def. Lilly-Sophie Schmidt (MTSU); 6-1, 6-0
Yunuen Elizarraras (ETSU) def. Liliana Danajlovski (MTSU); 6-1, 6-0
Matea Mihaljevic (TROY) def. Alejandra Morales (ETSU); 6-4, 6-3
Andrea Pascual-Larringa (ETSU) def. Jessie Young (CHAT); 6-4, 7-6(5)
Emilia Alfaro (ETSU) def. Anastasiia Khokhlova (TROY); 6-2, 6-0
Mayya Gorbunova (ETSU) def. Emma Van Hee (CHAT); 6-4, 6-2
Maria Fernanda Carvajal (ETSU) def. Callie Billman (CHAT); 6-2, 6-4
Yunuen Elizarraras (ETSU) def. Michelle Ncube (TROY); 7-5, 6-0

Day 2:
Alara Hollyfield (MER) def. Alejandra Morales (ETSU); 6-1, 6-4
Andrea Pascual-Larringa (ETSU) def. Lekha Verudandi (MER); 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Emilia Alfaro (ETSU) def. Mary Courville (MER); 1-6, 7-6, 7-5
Lauren Rich (MER)def. Mayya Gorbunova (ETSU); 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
Maria Fernanda Carvajal (ETSU) def. Ashley Popham (MER); 6-1, 6-1
Yunuen Elizarraras (ETSU) def. France Antezana (MER); 6-2, 6-3 

Doubles
Day 1:
Morales/Gorbunova (ETSU) def. Roquebert/Courville (MER);9-7
Pascual/Carvajal (ETSU) def. Hollyfield/Verudandi (MER); 8-6
Alfaro/Elizarraras (ETSU) def. Rich/Popham (MER); 8-3

Day 2:

Morales/Gorbunova (ETSU) def. Burrows/L. Barnard (MTSU); 8-6
Pascual/Carvajal (ETSU) def. Z Barnard/Mauro (MTSU); 8-2
Alfaro/Elizarraras (ETSU) def. Khokhlova/Ncube (Troy); 8-5
Morales/Gorbunova (ETSU) def. Mihaljevic/Aulana TROY); 8-5
Pascual/Carvajal (ETSU) def. Young/Zaporozhets (CHAT); 8-6
Gibbens/Van Hee (CHAT) def. Alfaro/Elizarraras (ETSU); 8-4

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