Five Singles Sweeps Drive ETSU to Victory over Belmont
Five Singles Sweeps Drive ETSU to Victory over Belmont
Saturday, February 6, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 6, 2021) — The ETSU Women’s Tennis team continued their success in Nashville on Saturday afternoon as the Blue and Gold took down the Belmont Bears by a final score of 6-1 for their fourth straight victory. 

ETSU improves to 4-2 on the season while Belmont falls to 1-3.  

The Bucs started off strong from the first serve winning all three doubles contests. ETSU’s top duo of Alejandra Morales (Santiago, Chile) and Mayya Gorbunova (Moscow, Russia) and the Bucs’ No. 3 doubles pair of Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (Basauri, Spain) and Maria Carvajal (Queretaro, Mexico) both won their matches, 6-3. Laylo Bakhodirova (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) and Emilia Alfaro (Azul, Argentina) had to win an extra game to secure their victory, but took down Belmont’s No. 2 pair, 7-5. This was the first time all season the Bucs won all three doubles bouts.

After sweeping four singles matches less than 24 hours ago, the Bucs swept five of six on Saturday. At the top spot, Bakhodirova battled back after yesterday’s loss and swept her opponent 6-3, 6-1. Pascual-Larrinaga at No. 3, won both sets, 6-2 while Emilia Alfaro in the No. 4 slot came out victorious, 6-1, 6-2. At the bottom two singles bouts, Carvajal (6-2, 6-1) and Elizarraras (6-1, 6-0), both won in straight sets, not allowing their Bears opponent to win more than three games in the match.  

Pascual-Larrinaga started off the season 0-2 in singles play, but has won her last four straight matches, all in straight sets. The Bucs won four matches in straight sets without allowing their opponent to win more than two games in both frames for the second straight match. 

ETSU closes out its three-match road trip in Nashville tomorrow afternoon against Vanderbilt. The match will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. EST after the Commodores men’s match concludes. For updates, follow ETSU Women’s Tennis on Twitter, @ETSU_WTennis.


Singles Competition  

  1. Laylo Bakhodirova (ETSU) def. Somer Henry (BEL-W) 6-3, 6-1
    2. Peyton Lee (BEL-W) def. Alejandra Morales (ETSU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
    3. A Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSU) def. Erin Allen (BEL-W) 6-2, 6-2
    4. Emilia Alfaro (ETSU) def. Maria Plaksina (BEL-W) 6-1, 6-2
    5. Maria Carvajal (ETSU) def. Terra Sheldon (BEL-W) 6-2, 6-1
    6. Yunuen Elizarraras (ETSU) def. Sarah Brackin (BEL-W) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Alejandra Morales/Mayya Gorbunova (ETSU) def. Somer Henry/Peyton Lee (BEL-W) 6-3
2. Laylo Bakhodirova/Emilia Alfaro (ETSU) def. Erin Allen/Lauren Carelli (BEL-W) 7-5
3. A Pascual-Larrinaga/Maria Carvajal (ETSU) def. Drew Hawkins/Terra Sheldon (BEL-W) 6-3 

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