Women's Tennis: WVU Tops the Pirates

By Tiffany Doolittle for WVUsports.com
March 18, 2011 08:11 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University tennis team (6-8, 3-3 BIG EAST ) defeated BIG EAST foe Seton Hall, today, in a 6-1 match at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

“The girls all competed really well,” says coach Tina Samara. “We have some nagging injuries, but everyone handled the adversity well. This was a nice win to get going into spring break.”

The Mountaineers started the match by sweeping the doubles competition.

The No. 1 pair of sophomore Emily Mathis and freshman Mary Chupa won 8-7(5) over the Pirates Pui Wing Sher and Rocio Portela. The No. 2 pair of juniors Veronica Cardenas and Catie Wickline and the No. 3 pair of freshman Melis Tanik and senior Ashley Pilsbury won their respective matches, 8-4.

The Pirates tied it up at the start of the singles competition, as Sher captured the first point over Tanik in the No. 1 spot.

Chupa came back in the No. 3 spot with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Portela, while Cardenas (No. 4) defeated Seton Hall’s Elizabeth Verow, 6-2, 6-1.

Pilsbury clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win over the Pirates Courtney Kilarski in the No. 5 spot.

Mathis (No. 2) and freshman Anna Rodionova (No. 6) concluded the match by winning in the third set of their respective matches.

The Mountaineers will continue action on March 22-23, as they travel to South Carolina to compete against South Carolina State on Tuesday at 1 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. match against South Carolina Upstate on Wednesday.

WVU women's tennis, Tina Samara

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