Women's Tennis: Tanik and Chupa Win in Finals

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • October 09, 2011 02:20 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Sophomores Melis Tanik and Mary Chupa won their finals matchup in the final day of competition in the Martha Thorn Invitational on Sunday.

Tanik and Chupa defeated Kimmy Borza and Gabrielle Catanazariti, 8-3, to win the championship in the Flight B doubles draw.

“The first time we put Melis and Chupa together was Wake Forest,” said coach Tina Samara. “They complimented each other very well as far as personality and the way they play - that plays a very big role in doubles. We think we have a solid team going forward with them.”

Also competing for a championship in Sunday’s action was junior Emily Mathis.

In Flight A Singles, Mathis fell to No. 2 seeded Noelle Malley of Ohio State, 6-3, 6-3.

“We have been totally proud of Emily’s effort,” Samara said. “For her to come back from injury and play that well is just awesome. She did it with just pure heart. Her game is all sheer will. She is going to make you work hard, and what she did against some top teams this weekend shows what she can do out of desire.”

It was Mathis’ lone singles loss of the weekend.

Tanik also competed in the Flight A Singles consolation match, where she defeated Cleveland State’s Maria Lazaris, 6-3, 6-2.

In the Flight B Singles consolation finals match, Chupa fell to Taylor Washington of Pitt, 6-0, 6-4.

The last Mountaineers to compete on Sunday morning were seniors Veronica Cardenas and Catie Wickline.

Wickline and Cardenas played in the Flight B Doubles consolation final match, where they defeated Nicole Janek and Kara Sherwood of Cleveland State, 9-8 (7-5).

WVU’s next fall tournament is set to begin this Friday, as it travels to the Georgia Invitational in Athens, Ga.