Day One of Bulldog Tennis Invitational

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • October 14, 2011 08:06 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia women’s tennis team completed its first day of competition at the Bulldog Tennis Invitational in Athens, Ga.

“We put in 100 percent effort on all the courts today,” said coach Tina Samara. “Anyone that saw us compete would say that we put in a total effort.”

During Friday’s action, the Mountaineers squared off against Georgia in singles play.

Sophomore Melis Tanik, who competed against No. 9 Chelsey Gullickson, fell 6-2, 6-3.

Fellow sophomore Mary Chupa also came up short, as she lost to No. 123 Lilly Kimbell 6-1, 6-2.

Junior Emily Mathis, who advanced to the Flight A finals in last week’s Martha Thorn Invitational, was defeated by No. 43 Nadja Gilchrist, 6-1, 6-3.

“We have talked about the little things with the girls, and when you play against players of this caliber, you have to hit every ball perfect,” said Samara. “Just because you miss a shot doesn’t make it a bad shot, you just have to execute better.”

In Friday’s doubles play, WVU was matched against Virginia.

Chupa and Tanik teamed together to compete against Marjorie Baker and Molly O’ Koniewski.

Chupa and Tanik proved to be stiff competition, but fell 8-6 in a hard-fought match.

Mathis paired with freshman Ikttesh Chahal in doubles action, but the duo loss to Lindsey Hardenbergh and Hana Tomljanovic, 8-1.

“We are taking baby steps to becoming a better program,” said Samara. “Today was a good lesson in that.”

The Mountaineers will resume competition in the Bulldog Tennis Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday morning with Michigan being the opponent in singles and doubles.