BRISTOL, Tenn. (Feb. 9, 2023) – After a long seven-match stretch on the road, ETSU women’s tennis made the most of its home debut with a 4-0 win over longtime rival Appalachian State inside the Bristol Sportsplex in Bristol, Tenn.
The Bucs improve to a 5-3 record this season, but more impressively, improve to a 25-4 record at home over the last five seasons. Meanwhile, App State drops to 3-2 this season.
All three doubles matches went in favor of the Bucs — all ending in 6-2 finals. Maria Fernanda Carvajal (Queretaro, Mexico) and Daniela Rivera (Maturin, Venezuela) are on a four-match win streak at No. 2 doubles and improve to 6-2 on the season. They finished first, followed by No. 3 and No. 1 doubles.
Yunuen Elizarraras (Cuernavaca, Mexico) and Ralitsa Alexandrova (Sofia, Bulgaria) paired up again and won their second straight match at the No. 3 spot. Meanwhile, top flight duo Laylo Bakhodirova (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) and Mariya Shumeika (Minsk, Belarus) won 6-2 at No. 1 doubles for their third straight win together.
In singles, ETSU needed just three wins to clinch the match. Rivera won first at No. 4 singles, making quick work of Ellie Murphy with a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Not far behind was Shumeika with a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles over Maggie Pate. Bakhodirova ended things with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Helena Jansen in the first court.
Bakhodirova now leads the Bucs with six singles wins in eight matches, while Rivera rides the longest singles win streak on the team at four matches.
The Blue and Gold return to the Bristol Sportsplex on Saturday to host Davidson at 2 p.m.
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