Women’s Tennis: WVU Falls to Morehead State

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • January 28, 2012 07:23 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W, Va. – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team was defeated by Morehead State, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon in their first home match of the season at Ridgeview Racquet Club.

The loss dropped the Mountaineers to 0-2 on the season, and the Eagles moved to 1-2 overall.

“We have a few players that need to figure out if they are committed to what we are doing,” said coach Tina Samara. “We want to take this program to another level, and if we don’t have players with the same goals, we need to find players that do. We want players that want to play.”

WVU’s day got off to a quick start, as it swept the doubles matches and took the match’s doubles point.

Junior Emily Mathis and sophomore Mary Chupa defeated Morehead State’s Victoria Crain and Jessica Montemayor, 8-3 in the No. 1 doubles match. In the No. 2 doubles match, senior Veronica Cardenas and freshman Ikttesh Chahal were victorious over Alix Young and Alexis Garret, 8-5. Freshman Madison Hromada and senior Catie Wickline finished up the doubles sweep for the Mountaineers, as the combo defeated Shilpa Noroka and Brooke Helms, 8-3.

The Mountaineers momentum continued in singles play, as they took the first two singles matches.

Mathis won in the No. 1 singles spot, as she took straight sets from Young and won 6-1, 6-2. Cardenas also came through with a straight sets victory for WVU, as she dominated in a 6-0, 6-1 victory over the Eagles’ Montemayor.

“Emily and Veronica did a great job today,” Samara said. “The players that competed the best today are the ones that come to practice and work the hardest every day.”

The Eagles then strung together four consecutive singles victories and won the meet in the day’s final singles match, as Wickline was defeated by Helms, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

“Catie does not have a lot of experience in a match like that,” Samara said. “I will give her credit for being in that type of position and not folding under the pressure, though.”

The Mountaineers will return to action on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., as they will take on No. 9 Virginia in neutral site contest held in Blacksburg, Va.

A full recap of Tuesday’s action against the Cavaliers can be found on MSNsportsNET.com at the completion of competition.

1. WVU – Mathis def. Young 6-1, 6-2
2. MSU – Garrett def. Chupa 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
3. MSU – Cran def. Chahal 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
4. WVU – Cardenas def. Montemayor 6-0, 6-1
5. MSU – Helms def. Wickline 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
6. MSU – Naroka def. Hromada 6-1, 6-4

1. WVU – Emily Mathis/Mary Chupa def. Victoria Cran/Jessica Montemayor, 8-3
2. WVU – Veronica Cardenas/Ikttesh Chahal def. Alix Young/Alexis Garrett, 8-5
3. WVU – Catie Wickline/Madison Hromada def. Shilpa Naroka/Brooke Helms, 8-3


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