Bucs Defeat Blue Raiders for Second Straight Win
Bucs Defeat Blue Raiders for Second Straight Win
Saturday, January 30, 2021

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Jan. 30, 2021) — After their first sweep of the season a week ago, the ETSU Women’s Tennis team picked up where the left off earning their second straight win in Bristol on Saturday afternoon. ETSU defeated MTSU 6-1 to improve to 2-2 on the season.

For the second straight match, the Blue and Gold went into singles play with a 1-0 lead. Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (Basauri, Spain) and Maria Carvajal (Queretaro, Mexico) made quick work of their opponent, not allowing the Blue Raiders to win a game to pick up the Bucs’ first doubles win of the afternoon. Alejandra Morales (Santiago, Chile) and Mayya Gorbunova (Moscow, Russia) locked in the doubles point for ETSU with a 6-2 victory at the top spot.  

Pascual-Larrinaga continued her dominance into singles play and quickly earned the second point of the match for ETSU downing her opponent in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. After the Blue Raiders earned their only point of the match with a victory at No. 2, Laylo Bakhodirova (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) picked up her second win of the season in three sets (6-2, 3-6, 6-2) at the No. 1 bout. Carvajal continued her success at the fifth singles spot and clinched the match for the Bucs with a straight set, 6-2, 6-3 win.  

Freshman Emilia Alfaro (Azul, Argentina) at the No. 4 spot and Yunuen Elizarraras (Cuernavaca, Mexico) at the No. 6 wrapped up the match for the Blue and Gold, both recording wins. Carvajal won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 while Elizarraras’s match went to a third-set tiebreak and she won 10-7.

With the win, ETSU has won 19 straight home openers. The last time the Bucs were defeated in their first home match was against Tennessee in 2002.

Singles Competition

  1. Laylo Bakhodirova (ETSU) def. Lidia Burrows (MTSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
  2. Lee Barnard (MTSU) def. Alejandra Morales (ETSU) 6-2, 6-3
  3. Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSU) def. Zani Barnard (MTSU) 6-1, 6-0
  4. Emilia Alfaro (ETSU) def. Muskan Gupta (MTSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
  5. Maria Carvajal (ETSU) def. Noelle Mauro (MTSU) 6-2, 6-3
  6. Yunuen Elizarraras (ETSU) def. Love-Star Alexis (MTSU) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7)

Doubles competition

  1. Alejandra Morales/Mayya Gorbunova (ETSU) def. Lee Barnard/Love-Star Alexis (MTSU) 6-2
  2. Laylo Bakhodirova/Emilia Alfaro (ETSU) vs. Noelle Mauro/Zani Barnard (MTSU) 4-3, unfinished
  3. Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga/Maria Carvajal (ETSU) def. Muskan Gupta/Lilly-Sophie Schmidt (MTSU) 6-0 

Match Notes:
Middle Tennessee 0-3
ETSU 2-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (3,2,1,5,4,6)

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