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Women's Tennis: WVU Downs Providence

By Tiffany Doolittle for
March 13, 2011 11:30 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University tennis team (5-8, 2-3 BIG EAST) defeated BIG EAST foe Providence, today, in a 7-0 match at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

“I was expecting us to win this match and I’m glad the girls took advantage of the opportunity,” says coach Tina Samara. “We’re happy to add another BIG EAST win, but we still have a lot to improve on this season.”

The Mountaineers started the day by sweeping the doubles competition. Freshman Melis Tanik and senior Ashley Pilsbury captured the first doubles win in the No. 3 spot, after defeating the Friars’ Marisela Aviles-Duron and Maria Clara Bernandez, 8-1.

The doubles point was captured after the No. 2 pair of juniors Veronica Cardenas and Catie Wickline won, 8-3, while the No. 1 pair of freshman Mary Chupa and sophomore Emily Mathis defeated Bianca Sciotti and Melissa Ferry, 8-4.

WVU continued the winning-streak in the singles competition. Cardenas (No. 4) captured the first singles victory in a 6-2, 6-1 match against Ferry, while Mathis (No. 2) defeated Bernandez, 6-0, 6-3.

Chupa (No. 3) clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Providence’s Ayushi Sinha. Pilsbury (No. 5) and freshman Anna Rodionova (No. 6) followed shortly behind with wins in their respective matches.

Tanik finished the day with a third-set victory over Aviles-Duron in the No. 1 spot.

The Mountaineers will continue action at home on Friday, March 18, with another BIG EAST match against Seton Hall at 3 p.m.

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