Day Two's Results at Bulldog Tennis Invitational


By Brian Kuppelweiser for WVUsports.com
October 15, 2011 07:42 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In its second day of competition at the Bulldog Tennis Invitational in Athens, Ga., the West Virginia women’s tennis team made strides in its attempts to defeat some of the top tennis competition in the nation.

“We are doing a better job of competing,” said coach Tina Samara. “Our kids are seeing how big and strong the top players in the country are.”

In singles competition, junior Emily Mathis nearly upset No. 62 Brooke Belander of Michigan, but fell in three sets, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-3.

“Emily had a legitimate chance to win today,” said Samara. “She definitely had her opponent rattled and did her best to make her opponent uncomfortable.”

Sophomore Mary Chupa lost a tough match to Kristen Dodge of Michigan, 6-3, 6-3.

In doubles action, the Mountaineers faced off against Michigan as well as Georgia.

Sophomore Melis Tanik teamed with Chupa in the team’s first doubles session of the day against Michigan, while Mathis teamed with freshman Ikttesh Chahal.

Mathis and Chahal fell to Michigan’s Mimi Nguyen and Michelle Sulahian, 8-0.

As for Chupa and Tanik, they were defeated by the No. 17-ranked doubles combo of Michigan’s Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender, 8-2.

In the team’s second doubles session, Tanik paired with Chupa again, but the tandem loss to Georgia’s Rachel Hart and Lilly Kimbell, 8-3.

In WVU’s other doubles match of the second session, Mathis and Chahal came up short against No. 15 Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist, 8-1.

“We didn’t do a good job of finishing in doubles this afternoon,” said Samara. “When you have opportunities like we had today, you have to finish if you want to win against this caliber of competition.”

The Mountaineers will take on Virginia on Sunday morning in singles competition with play set to resume at the Bulldog Tennis Invitational at 10 a.m.



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