Women’s Tennis: WVU Defeated by No. 39 Syracuse
“Syracuse is a very solid team,” said coach Tina Samara. “They did the little things that they need to do in order to win this afternoon.”
With WVU defaulting in the No. 3 doubles match, the Orange secured the match’s doubles point after Emily Harman and Alessondra Parra defeated freshman Ikttesh Chahal and sophomore Mary Chupa, 8-3.
The Mountaineers did, however, earn a doubles victory, as senior Veronica Cardenas and junior Emily Mathis defeated Syracuse’s Maddie Kobelt and Aleah Marrow, 8-5.
The doubles win was Mathis’ team-leading sixth of the season, while Cardenas earned her fifth doubles win of the year. The duo of Mathis and Cardenas are a perfect 2-0 this season.
After WVU defaulted in the No. 6 singles match, the Orange carried a 2-0 lead into singles play.
After her doubles win, Cardenas continued her solid play, as she notched her team-best seventh singles win of the season. It was Cardenas’ third straight singles win and her fifth in her last sixth matches.
“Veronica did a great job in singles and douibles of fighting for every point,” Samara said. “She definitely showed her experience today.”
Following Cardenas’ victory, Syracuse would seal the match, as they were able to win the three remaining singles matches.
“At the No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots, Emily and Mary faced two girls with very different styles than they are used to playing,” Samara said. “They just had a hard time adjusting.”
The Mountaineers’ record now falls to 3-8 overall this season along with a 1-4 mark in the BIG EAST.
WVU will return to action on Wednesday afternoon, as they will play host to non-conference foe Duquesne at the Ridgeview Racquet Club at 3 p.m.
No. 1: Emily Harman (SU) def Mary Chupa (WVU), 6-2, 6-3
No. 2: Maddie Kobelt (SU) def. Emily Mathis (WVU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 3: Breanna Bachini (SU) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 6-1, 6-3
No. 4: Veronica Cardenas (WVU) def. Amanda Rogers (SU), 7-6, ret.
No. 5: Alessondra Parra (SU) def. Catie Wickline (WVU), 5-0, ret.
No. 6: Syracuse defeats WVU, default
No. 1: Harman/Parra (SU) def. Chahal/Chupa (WVU), 8-3
No. 2: Cardenas/Mathis (WVU) def. Marrow/Kobelt (SU), 8-5
No. 3: Syracuse defeats WVU, default
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