Women’s Tennis: WVU Trounces Eastern Michigan

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • March 16, 2012 06:20 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team snapped a three-match losing streak on Friday afternoon, as it defeated Eastern Michigan, 5-2, at Ridgeview Racquet Club.

“This was probably one of our best overall team efforts,” said coach Tina Samara. “Every one of our players contributed in a positive manner, and we did a great job as a team today.”

The win bumped the Mountaineers record to 4-10 overall this season and dropped the Eagles to 4-9 this season.

“Eastern Michigan’s assistant coach Camila Belassi played for me when I was an assistant coach at Colorado, and I try not to loss to my former players,” Samara said with a laugh after the match.

WVU started the contest by securing the doubles point.

Sophomore Mary Chupa and freshman Ikttesh Chahal won in the No. 1 doubles spot, 8-0, while senior Veronica Cardenas and junior Emily Mathis strung together a performance that earned them an 8-4 victory in the No. 2 doubles spot.

Following the doubles point win, the Mountaineers and the Eagles were tied at one apiece, as WVU defaulted in the No. 6 singles match.

Despite the default the Mountaineers won four of the five remaining singles matches to secure the contest.

In the No. 1 singles match, Chupa was dominate in her 6-2, 6-2 win over the Eagles’ Nino Mebuke.

“Mary played very well today, and she stayed within the moment,” Samara said. “She didn’t let her mistakes affect her, and she had a very balanced mentality on the court.”

Mathis, who is slowly starting to recover from her stomach strain, also earned a singles victory, as she defeated Miriam Westerlink, 6-2, 6-4.

“After the last match, I had a talk with Emily about the way she was conducting herself on the court,” Samara said. “As a player that used to play with a lot of fire, I can relate to Emily, but today, her demeanor was exactly where we would like it. She competed, but she also stayed within herself.”

Also earning singles wins for the Mountaineers was Cardenas and Chahal. Cardenas’ victory was her team-leading ninth singles win of the year.

“Each one of our girls competed this afternoon,” Samara said. “Hopefully, we can continue this streak of good play into our next match.”

The Mountaineers will not see action again until next Sunday, when they travel to North Florida. The match against the Ospreys is the first of three contests in Florida for WVU.

No. 1: Mary Chupa (WVU) def. Nino Mebuke (EMU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 2: Emily Mathis (WVU) def. Miriam Westerlink (EMU), 6-2, 6-4
No. 3: Veronica Cardenas (WVU) def. Ankita Bhatia (EMU), 7-5, 6-2
No. 4: Ikttesh Chahal (WVU) def. Mariya Toncheva (EMU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 5: Daphne Friedrichs (EMU) def. Catie Wickline (WVU), 6-1, 6-3
No. 6: Eastern Michigan def. WVU, default

No. 1: Chupa/Chahal (WVU) def. Westerlink/Mebuke (EMU), 8-0
No. 2: Cardenas/Mathis (WVU) def. Toncheva/de’Lisle-Tarr, 8-4
No. 3: Eastern Michigan def. WVU, default


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