Women’s Tennis: WVU Drops Match to Duquesne

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • March 07, 2012 07:40 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team was defeated by Duquesne, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.

The Mountaineers, who were playing with just four players, were able to split the singles matches, but could not overcome the Dukes taking the doubles point.

“All of the girls that played did a good job today,” said coach Tina Samara. “Losing the doubles point was a wind out of our sails kind of thing. It was my thought that we still could have won after that, but you could tell the team was a bit deflated after that.”

Following an 8-4 doubles win by sophomore Mary Chupa and freshman Ikttesh Chahal, Duquesne earned the doubles point after it scored a 9-7 victory over senior Veronica Cardenas and junior Emily Mathis.

“Emily Mathis was again serving underhand today due to her injury,” Samara said. “We put ourselves in a position to win in doubles, but we just could not pull out a victory.”

With the Dukes carrying a 3-0 lead into singles that was aided by two defaults in singles, Cardenas and Chahal attempted to keep the Mountaineers in the match with their victories.

Cardenas, who moved into the No. 3 singles spot, recorded her fourth-consecutive and team-leading eighth singles victory against Duquesne’s Judy Li, 7-6, 7-4. The win was her sixth in her last seven matches.

Chahal, who bumped down into the No. 4 singles spot, defeated Paula Gruber, 6-4, 6-4.

“Ikttesh did a better job of staying present throughout the entire match,” Samara said. “She has been up and down with that throughout the year. Overall, though, this was a match that left our team disappointed, and they need to start finding ways to evaluate their success outside of team wins and losses.”

WVU will return to action on Sunday afternoon, as they will head to Huntington, W. Va. to take on in-state rival Marshall at 12 p.m.

No. 1: Vanessa Steiner (DU) def. Mary Chupa (WVU), 7-5, 6-4
No. 2: Megan O’ Sullivan (DU) def. Emily Mathis (WVU), 6-4, 6-0
No. 3: Veronica Cardenas (WVU) def. Judy Li (DU) 7-6, 6-4
No. 4: Ikttesh Chahal (WVU) def. Paula Gruber (DU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 5: Tara Majdalani def. WVU, default
No. 6: Chandler Consonary def. WVU, default

No. 1: Chupa/Chahal (WVU) def. O’Sullivan/Li (DU) 8-4
No. 2: Steiner/Gruber (DU) def. Cardenas/Mathis (WVU) 9-7
No. 3: Majdalani/Consonery def. WVU, default