Bucs edged in competitive bout at No. 36 FIU
Bucs edged in competitive bout at No. 36 FIU
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Rivera and Alexandrova win singles matches

MIAMI, Fla. (March 15, 2023) – ETSU women’s tennis faced another challenging opponent to ring in Spring Break, falling in a competitive 4-2 match against No. 36 Florida International University on Wednesday afternoon in South Beach.

The Bucs fell behind 3-0 after FIU won the doubles point and the first two singles points, but ETSU struck back with a pair of wins from Ralitsa Alexandrova (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Daniela Rivera (Maturin, Venezuela) in the No. 6 and No. 5 spots, respectively.

The top spot saw a competitive battle between ETSU’s longtime ace Laylo Bakhodirova (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) and FIU’s Yasmine Kabbak, but the match went unfinished in the third set after FIU clinched the fourth point with a three-set win at No. 3 singles.

Alexandrova was the only Buc to win in straight sets, taking No. 6 with a 6-3, 6-2 win. Rivera won at No. 5 with an exciting 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Katerina Mandelikova. Before her match went unfinished, Bakhodirova dropped the first set, 1-6, but battled back for a 7-5 win in the second set. She trailed 4-3 in the final frame that went incomplete.

In doubles, ETSU had a competitive battle at No. 2 as Rivera and Maria Fernanda Carvajal (Queretaro, Mexico) led 4-2 before FIU clinched the doubles point. Carvajal was also competitive at No. 3 singles, taking Kamila Umarova to the wire in a 3-6, 6-2, 4-6 loss.

The No. 36 Panthers improve to 11-3 overall and 8-0 at home this season. FIU also continues a seven-match win streak with today’s win. Meanwhile, ETSU falls to a respectable 9-5 overall record.

The Bucs will wrap up their Spring Break trip to Miami tomorrow at 12 p.m. with a meeting against No. 72 Yale. Tomorrow’s match will mark the second meeting all-time between the two sides and the first since 2011. 

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