Women's Tennis: WVU Drops Match to Cincinnati


By Brian Kuppelweiser for WVUsports.com
February 25, 2012 08:24 PM
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team was defeated by Cincinnati, 5-2, on Saturday evening at the Western Tennis and Fitness Club in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“We weren’t really that far away from winning today’s match,” said coach Tina Samara. “A couple of our girls were competing with injuries. With our numbers right now, the girls have to go out and play through those injuries.”

The Bearcats began the afternoon by taking the doubles point from the Mountaineers.

In a new doubles combo, sophomore Mary Chupa and freshman Ikttesh Chahal scored an 8-4 victory over Jasmine Lee and Ashleigh Witte of Cincinnati.

Also a new doubles pairing for WVU was the duo of Veronica Cardenas and Catie Wickline. Cardenas and Wickline were defeated by Safiyya Ismail and Kristina Georgieva, 8-5.

“It was the first time that any of those teams played together, even counting practice,” Samara said. “If we would have been healthy, I think we would have had a good chance of taking both of the doubles matches.”

With the Bearcats taking a 2-0 lead into singles play after a default by the Mountaineers at the No. 6 singles spot, WVU looked to make a comeback.

Senior Veronica Cardenas scored her team-leading fifth singles victory of the year, as she defeated Sierra Sullivan, 6-0, 6-2, in the No. 4 singles spot.

“Veronica did a great job today,” Samara said. “She got off to a slow start in her doubles match, but it was good to see that she was able to rebound in her singles match. She turned it around and got the win.”

In a gutsy effort at the No. 1 singles spot, junior Emily Mathis, who suffered a stomach strain last weekend, played through the pain of the injury in her 6-2, 6-2 loss.

“Emily played her entire match serving underhand,” Samara said about Mathis’ determined effort. “She hasn’t hit all week because of the injury, and it shows a lot of character.”

With the match score at 3-1 in favor of the Bearcats, sophomore Mary Chupa gave the Mountaineers a boost as she won her No. 2 singles match against Kristina Georgieva, 6-2, 6-2.

Following Chupa’s win, Cincinnati put the match out of reach with singles wins at the No. 3 spot and the No. 5 spot.

WVU will return to the court tomorrow morning, as they will travel to Dayton for a match against the Flyers at 10 a.m.

Results
Singles
No. 1: Jasmine Lee (UC) def. Emily Mathis (WVU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 2: Mary Chupa (WVU) def. Kristina Georgieva (UC), 7-5, 7-5
No. 3: Ashleigh Witte (UC) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 3-6, 7-5, 2-6
No. 4: Veronica Cardenas (WVU) def. Sierra Sullivan (UC), 6-0, 6-2
No. 5: Safiyya Ismail (UC) def. Catie Wickline (WVU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 6: Cincinnati defeats WVU, default

Doubles
No. 1: Mathis/Chupa (WVU) def. Lee/Witte (UC), 8-4
No. 2: Ismail/Georgieva (UC) def. Chahal/Cardenas (WVU), 8-5
No. 3: Cincinnati defeats WVU, default



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