Women’s Tennis: WVU Takes on No. 9 Virginia

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • January 30, 2012 05:23 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team will travel to Blacksburg, Va., for a neutral site contest against No. 9 Virginia on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

Competition will be held at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.

“Virginia is obviously not the match to pick if you want to have a breakthrough and get your first win of the season,” says coach Tina Samara. “We would like to see our girls respond to the challenge at hand, though.”

The Mountaineers head into the tough non-conference tilt against the Cavaliers with a 0-2 record and are coming off a 4-3 loss to Morehead State this past Saturday.

“At this point it doesn’t matter who we are playing, what matters is what we are or are not doing,” Samara says. “We have got to stop giving our opponents points because top-tier opponents like Virginia are not going to give them back. We also need to focus on playing smart during the entirety of a match.”

Junior Emily Mathis has been the one of the bright spots for WVU this season, as she has a 1-1 record in the No. 1 singles spot and sports a 2-0 record in doubles. Mathis has teamed with sophomore Mary Chupa as a doubles partner in both victories.

Along with Mathis, Samara is looking to get solid efforts out of other players in order to compete against the 2-0 Cavaliers.

“This could be the start of something for some of these players that haven’t really competed much,” Samara says. “We want our girls to show up with the fire and intensity to compete for a win. If they show up and compete, we want that to be the first time of many times this season that they put forth their best effort.”

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


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