ETSU Falls at JMU, 4-2
ETSU Falls at JMU, 4-2
Sunday, February 14, 2021

HARRISONBURG, Va. (Feb. 14, 2021) — In a match that came down to the bottom two singles battles, ETSU Women’s Tennis was unable to complete the comeback against JMU on Saturday afternoon as the Bucs fell 4-2.

ETSU falls to 4-5 on the season and JMU improved to 2-0.

To begin the match in doubles play, ETSU’s No. 3 duo of Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (Basauri, Spain) and Maria Carvajal (Queretaro, Mexico) recorded the first win of the afternoon in dominant fashion, 6-1. JMU won the doubles point with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 2.

Pascual-Larrinaga continued her dominance into singles play grabbing the first point of the contest for ETSU with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 3. Laylo Bakhodirova (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) gave the Bucs their first lead of the match with a three-set victory at the top spot. She dominated the first and third sets with 6-1 wins. She fell in the second, 4-6.

JMU won the second and fourth singles matches and it came down to No. 5 and 6. JMU won the first set of both, 6-2. Carvajal at No. 5 came back to win the second set 7-6 (4). Yunuen Elizarraras at No. 6 forced a tiebreak in the second but fell 7-4 in the break as JMU won the match.

The Blue and Gold are back in action on Thursday, Feb. 18 as they face Memphis in a neutral site match in Knoxville.

 Singles Competition

  1. Laylo Bakhodirova (ETSU) def. Daria Afanasyeva (JMU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
  2. Jona Roka (JMU) def. Alejandra Morales (ETSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
  3. 3. A. Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSU) Natalia Nikolopoulou (JMU) 6-1, 6-3
  4. Alexis Franco (JMU) def. Emilia Alfaro (ETSU) 6-2, 6-2
  5. Kylie Moulin (JMU) vs. Maria Carvajal (ETSU) 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 0-1, unfinished
  6. Amanda Nord (JMU) def. Yunuen Elizarraras (ETSU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)

Doubles competition

  1. Alexis Franco/Natalia Nikolopoulou (JMU) def. Alejandra Morales/Mayya Gorbunova (ETSU) 6-3
  2. Jona Roka/Kylie Moulin (JMU) def. Laylo Bakhodirova/Emilia Alfaro (ETSU) 6-3
  3. A Pascual-Larrinaga/Maria Carvajal (ETSU) def. Daria Afanasyeva/Amanda Nord (JMU) 6-1

Match Notes:

ETSU 4-5

James Madison 2-0

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,1,2,4,6)

Official: Jeff Conley T-4:35

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