ORLANDO, Fla. (Mar. 15, 2022) – Spring break is off to a great start for the Blue & Gold.
The ETSU women’s tennis team took both matches at the USTA National Campus on Tuesday, downing Harvard 4-0 while sweeping Northern Iowa 7-0 to end the afternoon. The Bucs have now won eight straight matches.
The Bucs got going early, starting their match against Harvard at 8 a.m. before going up against Northern Iowa later in the afternoon. Laylo Bakhodirova (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) and Alejandra Morales (Santiago, Chile)got the day underway with a 6-1 win at the No. 1 spot, before Fernanda Carvajal (Queretaro, Mexico) and Daniela Rivera (Maturin, Venezuela) took their doubles match 6-2 to clinch the doubles point.
Morales made quick work of Harvard’s Angel You, taking her match at the No. 2 spot 6-4, 6-1. Yunuen Elizarraras (Cuernavaca, Mexico) would follow up with a 6-4, 6-2 win at the No. 6 spot, and Rivera would finalize the clinch after taking her singles match 7-6 (3), 6-3. The 4-0 win against Harvard marks back-to-back 4-0 clinches over a non-conference opponent, doing so against Lipscomb exactly a week ago.
In the second match, the Bucs had to go into the third doubles match to determine who got the doubles point. Emilia Alfaro (Azul, Argentina) and Mayya Gorbunova (Moscow, Russia) was the first to finish their doubles match, taking the No. 2 spot 6-2 before UNI’s Darta Dalecka and Lorena Cardoso took their respective match at the No. 1 spot. Carvajal and Rivera would take the third 6-4 to win the doubles point.
Singles play was all ETSU as all singles wins were straight set victories, going 6-0 in six of all 12 sets played. Rivera won her singles match 6-2, 6-0 to get singles play going, and Alfaro won her singles match 6-0, 6-0 right after. Elizarraras followed up with a 6-1, 6-0 win and Morales stayed dominant on the day with a 6-0, 6-0 win as well. Bakhodirova and Carvajal would help sweep the afternoon with a 6-1, 6-1 win along with a 6-4, 6-3 win, respectively.
ETSU hasn’t given up a point since Feb. 27 at Miami (OH) when the Redhawks won one singles match in a 6-1 win for the Blue & Gold. The Bucs have won eight straight going into their second ranked match of the season. FIU sits #37 in the country with new rankings to be unveiled tomorrow afternoon.
Match Notes: ETSU 9-6, Harvard 5-6
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,6,5)
Vs. Northern Iowa
Match Notes: ETSU 10-6, UNI 3-9
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,4,6,2,1,3)
The Bucs will end their spring break trip down in Florida with #37 Florida International on Thursday down in Miami.
For more information on Buccaneer women’s tennis, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s tennis page.