Women’s Tennis Suffers Season Opening Doubleheader
Women’s Tennis Suffers Season Opening Doubleheader
Friday, January 14, 2022

Split Doubles Points, UK grabbed singles advantage 7-5

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2022) – Fighting and battling until the very end, the Bucs gave it their all despite falling to Kentucky in a doubleheader Friday. The Bucs fell 4-3 in both matches against the Wildcats.

The Wildcats had to earn the doubles point in the first match after the #44 pair in the country in Fernanda Carvajal (Queretaro, Mexico) and Yunuen Elizarraras (Cuernavaca, Mexico) won the No. 3 doubles seed against Kentucky’s Molina and Gonzalez. Carvajal and Elizarraras won again in the second match against the No. 3 doubles against Kentucky’s Molina and Morante to start the year 2-0. ETSU starts the year 3-2 in doubles overall.

Laylo Bakhodirova (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) had herself a day over #100 Carlota Molina, winning both matches over the Wildcat, taking a 24-4 set advantage over Kentucky’s No. 1 seed in the first match. Mayya Gorbunova (Moscow, Russia) and Elizarraras won their first singles matches of the season 6-4, 7-6 (3-7) and 6-3, 6-1, respectively.

Alejandra Morales (Santiago, Chile) grabbed her first win of the season at the No. 1 spot (6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 7-5) in the second match at a crucial time, putting ETSU up 3-2 against the Wildcats. Kentucky’s Gonzalez and Eades stole the last two points in the No. 5 and 6 spots to spoil ETSU’s upset bid.

The first match started at 9 a.m. this morning while the last point won by Kentucky’s Ellie Eades at 8:30 p.m.

Match 1

Singles Competition

  1. Laylo Bakhodirova (ETSU) #100 Carlota Molina (UK), 6-2, 6-0
  2. Carla Girbau (UK) def. Alejandra Morales (ETSU), 6-1, 7-5
  3. Fiona Arrese (UK) def. Fernanda Carvajal (ETSU), 7-5, 7-6
  4. Florencia Urrutia (UK) def. Emilia Alfaro (ETSU), 6-2, 6-0
  5. Mayya Gorbunova (ETSU) Lidia Gonzalez (UK), 6-4, 7-6 (3)
  6. Yunuen Elizarraras (ETSU) Maialen Morante (UK), 6-3, 6-1

Doubles Competition

  1. Ellie Eades/Carla Girbau (UK) def. Laylo Bakhodirova/Alejandra Morales (ETSU), 6-3
  2. Fiona Arrese/Florencia Urrutia (UK) def. Emilia Alfaro/Mayya Gorbunova (ETSU), 6-1
  3. #44 Fernanda Carvajal/Yunuen Elizarraras (ETSU) Carlota Molina/Lidia Gonzalez (UK), 6-2

Match Notes: ETSU 0-1, Kentucky 1-0

Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,4,2,3,6,5)

Match 2

Singles Competition

  1. Alejandra Morales (ETSU) Carla Girbau (UK), 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 7-5
  2. Laylo Bakhodirova (ETSU) #100 Carlota Molina (UK), 6-0, 6-2
  3. Fiona Arrese (UK) def. Fernanda Carvajal (ETSU), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
  4. Florencia Urrutia (UK) def. Emilia Alfaro (ETSU), 7-5, 6-1
  5. Ellie Eades (UK) def. Mayya Gorbunova (ETSU), 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (11-9)
  6. Lidia Gonzalez (UK) def. Yunuen Elizarraras (ETSU), 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-2

Doubles Competition

  1. Laylo Bakhodirova/Alejandra Morales (ETSU) Ellie Eades/Carla Girbau (UK), 6-4
  2. Fiona Arrese/Florencia Urrutia (UK) vs. Emilia Alfaro/Mayya Gorbunova (ETSU) unfinished
  3. #44 Fernanda Carvajal/Yunuen Elizarraras (ETSU) Carlota Molina/Maialen Morante (UK), 6-1

Match Notes: ETSU 0-2, Kentucky 2-0

Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,4,3,1,6,5)


The Bucs will take the next week of preparation to get ready for a weekend against Virginia Tech and #8 NC State, both on the road. The Bucs will take on the Hokies on Saturday the 22nd, while making the trip to take on the Wolfpack the next day.

For more information on Buccaneer women’s tennis, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s tennis page.