Women’s Tennis: Tanik and Chupa Pace WVU

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • October 21, 2011 08:24 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In the opening day of play in the ITA Atlantic Regional in Norfolk, Va., the West Virginia women’s tennis team was led by the play of sophomores Melis Tanik and Mary Chupa.

Tanik and Chupa won their opening round matchup in the Women’s Open Doubles draw against Cameron Richard and Brittany Yang of Liberty, 8-6.

“I am glad that Melis and Mary got the win, but as they move on they have to understand the importance of a good start and staying positive,” said coach Tina Samara. “Having any lapses in an eight-game pro set against a solid team will not produce a win.”

Chupa also had success in her opening round matchup in the Women’s Singles Qualifying draw, as she defeated No. 4-seeded Alex Smyth of Richmond, 6-0, 6-2.

In her round of 16 matchup, Chupa lost to Temple’s Jordan Batey, 6-3, 6-3.

“We did some things better in singles today,” Samara said. “Your results are going to reflect the hard work that you have or haven’t put in before you got here.”

Also playing in the Women’s Singles Qualifying draw was freshman Ikttesh Chahal.

Chahal squared off against Longwood’s Malin Allgurin in the first round and lost a hard fought match, 7-6 (6), 7-5.

The Mountaineers’ other doubles tandem of the tournament was also in action on Friday, as Chahal teamed with junior Emily Mathis to compete against Mimi Hamling and Zoe Krohn of George Washington.

The combo from George Washington defeated Mathis and Chahal, 8-5.

Action in the ITA Atlantic Regional will resume on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.