Women’s Tennis: No. 9 Virginia Defeats WVU


By Brian Kuppelweiser for WVUsports.com
January 31, 2012 03:25 PM
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (Jan. 31, 2012) – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team was defeated by No. 9 Virginia on Tuesday morning, 7-0, in a neutral site match in Blacksburg, Va.

The loss drops the Mountaineers to 0-3 on the season, while the Cavaliers move to 3-0 overall.

“We competed well against a very tough Virginia team today,” said head coach Tina Samara. “If we would have competed the way we did today against Morehead State on Saturday, we would have won that match. Bottom line is we can’t allow ourselves to make mistakes like that again, but we did take away some positives that will have us ready for Pitt on Friday.”

The day got off to a bit of a rough start for WVU, as Virginia opened up doubles play by taking all three matches and earning the doubles point.

“We looked a little bit timid during doubles play today,” Samara said. “We made some mistakes, but we didn’t hit bigger like Virginia did after they made mistakes.”

The Cavaliers were also able to sweep singles play, but the Mountaineers battled in each singles match.

In the No. 1 singles match, junior Emily Mathis faced the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s No. 5 newcomer, Li Xi. Mathis was defeated in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.

“Emily was just a little bit off and not as sharp as usual,” Samara said. “When she is facing a girl that is ranked in the top 100 in the world, it is important that she is sharp.”

Freshman Ikttesh Chahal rebounded from a poor performance on Saturday, as she fell in a tough match against Hana Tomljanovic, who ranked as high as No. 73 in the country last season.

“Ikttesh showed us something as far as potential this afternoon,” Samara said. “She was able to compete, and she kept the match close. She played better this afternoon than she had up to this point.”

Samara also took note of the way senior Veronica Cardenas was able to hang tough against No. 75 Erin Vierra.

“Veronica was up at break against a girl that is ranked highly in the country,” Samara said. “She was very competitive throughout the match, but she let a few points slip away.”

WVU will return to action on Friday afternoon, as it welcomes Pitt to Morgantown for a 3 p.m. match at Ridgeview Racquet Club.

Results
Singles
No. 1: Li Xi (UVA) def. Emily Mathis (WVU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 2: No. 30 Lindsey Hardenbergh (UVA) def. Mary Chupa (WVU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 3: Hana Tomljanovic (UVA) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 6-4, 6-3
No. 4: No. 75 Erin Vierra (UVA) def. Veronica Cardenas (WVU), 6-4, 6-3
No. 5: No. 76 Maria Fuccillo (UVA) def. Catie Wickline (WVU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 6: Molly O’Koniewski (UVA) def. Madison Hromada (WVU), 6-2, 6-0

Doubles
No. 1: Vierra/Tomljanovic (UVA) def. Mathis/Chupa (WVU), 8-1
No. 2: Fuccillo/Hardenbergh (UVA) def. Chahal/Cardenas (WVU), 8-2
No. 3: Fraser/O’Koniewski (UVA) def. Wickline/Hromada (WVU), 8-4

Tags
West Virginia University, Tina Samara, NCAA women's tennis, West Virginia Mountaineers


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