Women’s Tennis: Duquesne Travels to Morgantown

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • March 06, 2012 02:10 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team will open a stretch of seven consecutive non-conference matches on Wednesday afternoon, when they welcome Duquesne to the Ridgeview Racquet Club at 3 p.m.

The Mountaineers, who dropped a match to No. 39 Syracuse on Saturday afternoon, enter the tilt with a 3-8 mark, while the Dukes will make the trip to Morgantown with a 6-6 overall record.

“On multiple occasions during the fall, we had the opportunity to match up against Duquesne’s players, so it has given us an idea of what to expect on Wednesday afternoon,” says coach Tina Samara. “Just as in any other match, we need to follow the same blueprint as usual. We need to make sure we avoid mistakes, and we have to ensure that we are giving 100 percent effort at all times.”

In last year’s matchup between the two teams, WVU defeated Duquesne 5-2 and improved its series advantage over the Dukes to 25-2.

The Mountaineers began that match by taking the doubles points and followed with four singles victories, including wins by sophomore Mary Chupa and senior Veronica Cardenas.

“Mary and Veronica have both been playing well recently,” Samara says. “Veronica has strung together a solid season so far, and Mary has been doing exactly what we expect from her.”

Cardenas leads WVU with seven singles victories this season. In addition, the Power Springs, Ga., native has won her last three singles matches and five of her last six.

Along with Chupa and Cardenas, junior Emily Mathis has also impressed Samara, as she continues to fight through the effects of a stomach strain.

“Emily has impressed us with the character she has displayed in the last couple of weeks,” Samara said. “Unfortunately, with the circumstances we are under, she has to continue to play through her injury.”

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


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