Women’s Tennis: WVU Defeats Colonials

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • February 11, 2012 06:17 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team defeated George Washington, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at Ridgeview Racquet Club for its first win of the season.

“It doesn’t matter how you get that first win,” said coach Tina Samara “We just felt good about getting it after all of the adversity we had faced this season.”

After defaulting in the No. 3 doubles match to begin the day, the Mountaineers needed to win both doubles matches in order to take the doubles point.

Junior Emily Mathis and sophomore Mary Chupa held up their end of the bargain, as they defeated the Colonials’ Mimi Hamling and Zoe Krohn, 8-6, in the No. 1 singles match.

In the No. 2 doubles match, freshman Ikttesh Chahal and senior Veronica Cardenas came from behind and won 8-8 (7-3) to take the doubles point.

“For us to get the doubles point, it is huge,” Samara said. “We have two really good doubles teams, and finally, they showed the level at which they are capable of playing. It wasn’t perfect, but it got the job done.”

After a default at the No. 6 singles spot, WVU and George Washington were tied at 1-1 heading into singles.

The Mountaineers, who were carrying the match’s momentum, jumped out to a quick 2-1 lead, as Cardenas dominated Hamling in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

The Colonials bounced back, though, with a win at the No. 2 singles sport by Jacqueline Corba.

However, Chahal regained the lead for WVU with a victory at the No. 3 singles spot over Lorena Valente. Chahal was dominant in the first set with a 6-2 win, but fell in the second set, 2-6. The Chandigarh, India native rebounded and prevailed in the final set 6-3.

Mathis sealed the match for the Mountaineers with an impressive effort in the No. 1 singles match. Mathis lost 4-6 in the first set, but bounced back with a 6-1 win in the second set. In the third, Mathis battled and won, 7-5.

“We have talked about it all year, that if we had a deciding match Emily is someone that we would want out there,” Samara said. “She does not give up. It was five all in the third set, and she just found a way to get it done.”

WVU will be back in action next weekend, as it travels to Milwaukee, Wis. for matches against Connecticut and Marquette.

No. 1: Emily Mathis (WVU) def. Leah Pascarella (GW), 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
No. 2: Jacqueline Corba (GW) def. Mary Chupa (WVU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 3: Ikttesh Chahal (WVU) def. Lorena Valente (GW), 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
No. 4: Veronica Cardenas (WVU) def. Mimi Hamiling (GW), 6-3, 6-3
No. 5: Isabella Escobar (GW) def. Catie Wickline (WVU), 7-6, 6-3
No. 6: GW defeats WVU, default

No. 1: Mathis/Chupa (WVU) def. Hamling/Krohn (GW), 8-6
No. 2: Cardenas/Chahal (WVU) def. Escobar/Pascarella (GW), 8-8 (7-3)
No. 3: GW defeats WVU, default

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