Women’s Tennis: Morehead State Visits Morgantown

  • By Gina Sporio
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  • January 27, 2012 01:01 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Upon returning home from a match against the No. 55 Ohio State Buckeyes, the West Virginia University women’s tennis team will host Morehead State on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. at Ridgeview Racquet Club.

The Eagles, who are two matches into the season, have a record of 0-2 after falling short to both Louisville and Kentucky this past week. However, coach Tina Samara won’t allow her opponent’s record to influence the Mountaineers’ play.

“I don’t typically think too much about what our opponent is going to do,” Samara says. “You have to worry about what you can control and what we are going to do. The goal every time we get on the court is to compete.”

After falling short to the Buckeyes last Saturday in Columbus, the Mountaineers were able to return to Morgantown for a full week of practice in preparation for their first home match of the season.

“There are little things on certain courts that we tried to tweak in practice,” Samara says. “Our biggest issue has been giving away free points all over the place. We have stayed pretty tough on them from that standpoint in practice. We are capable of hitting the ball the way we should, but it is the mental errors that have held us back.”

Last week, Mountaineer veterans competing included seniors Veronica Cardenas and Catie Wickline, junior Emily Mathis, and sophomore Mary Chupa.

Mathis, who competed in the number one spot for the Mountaineers in Columbus, was defeated by Ohio State’s Kelsey Haviland after three hard-fought rounds of singles play, but managed to come out victorious with teammate Chupa in doubles action.

Unlike the Mountaineers who will take the court with a week in between matches, the Eagles will arrive in Morgantown after taking on Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis just a day prior.

“They will have the matches under their belt,” Samara says in regards to the Eagles’ two-day stretch. “It all comes down to business. If you are fit, it shouldn’t be a bad thing.”

A full recap of Saturday’s action will be available on MSNsportsNET.com after the completion of competition.


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