Championship Bound: No. 2 Bucs Take Down No. 3 Samford
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Championship Bound: No. 2 Bucs Take Down No. 3 Samford
Friday, April 22, 2022

Carvajal & Rivera each with 6-1, 6-1 wins

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 22, 2022) – For the seventh time since 2015, the Buccaneers will play for a tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

The Bucs, the No. 2 seed and ranked 74th in the nation, took down No. 3 Samford 4-0 in the semifinal match of the 2022 SoCon Women’s Tennis Tournament. The Bucs defeated Samford 6-1 in the regular season at home.

After having to battle back to secure the doubles point in the regular season meeting, the pair of Laylo Bakhodirova (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) and Alejandra Morales (Santiago, Chile) avenged their regular season battle with a 6-3 win of their own to get the morning started. Fernanda Carvajal (Queretaro, Mexico)and Daniela Rivera (Maturin, Venezuela) had to go to the tiebreaker to stay unbeaten as a pair on the season.

Having just clinched the doubles point, Carvajal and Rivera were in the zone in the singles rounds as they both picked up 6-1, 6-1 victories in the No. 3 and 5 spots, respectively. Rivera lost her lone conference singles match in the regular season meeting against the Bulldogs but found a way to secure the first singles point of the semifinal.

Morales, who went three sets against her opponent in the regular season meeting, clinched the final point with a 6-1, 6-4 outing to send the Bucs to the championship match. Morales was a first-team all-conference selection in singles along with Bakhodirova, whose match went unfinished. Yunuen Elizarraras (Cuernavaca, Mexico) had her match go unfinished as she led 6-2, 4-3 and Emilia Alfaro (Azul, Argentina) was up 7-6 (7-1) after the first set.

The Bucs make it to the tournament final as the No. 2 seed for the sixth season, reaching in 2015 as the No. 3 seed before falling to No. 1 Samford 4-1.

Singles Competition

  1. #117 Laylo Bakhodirova (ETSU) vs. R.J. Van Rensburg (SAM-W) 5-7, 1-2, unfinished
  2. Alejandra Morales (ETSU) def. Samantha Nanere (SAM-W) 6-1, 6-4
  3. Fernanda Carvajal (ETSU) def. Alexis Lopez (SAM-W) 6-1, 6-1
  4. Emilia Alfaro (ETSU) vs. Ally Hayduk (SAM-W) 7-6 (7-1), unfinished
  5. Daniela Rivera (ETSU) def. Sofia Zaprianov (SAM-W), 6-1, 6-1
  6. Yunuen Elizarraras (ETSU) vs. Lindsay Song (SAM-W), 6-2, 4-3, unfinished

Doubles Competition

  1. Laylo Bakhodirova/Alejandra Morales (ETSU) def. R.J. Van Rensburg/Alexis Lopez (SAM-W) 6-3
  2. Lindsay Song/Olivia Jablonski (SAM-W) def. Emilia Alfaro/Mayya Gorbunova (ETSU) 6-4
  3. Fernanda Carvajal/Daniela Rivera (ETSU) def. Samantha Nanere/Sofia Zaprianov (SAM-W) 7-6 (7-1)

Match Notes: #74 ETSU 17-8, Samford 13-9

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

(2) ETSU vs. (3) Samford

Southern Conference Championships - Semifinal


The Bucs will take on top-seeded Furman in the championship round of the 2022 SoCon Women’s Tennis Tournament tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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