Women's Tennis: WVU Blanked by UNF

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • March 25, 2012 03:59 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – In its first of three matches being played in Florida this week, the West Virginia University women’s tennis team was defeated by North Florida, 7-0, in a wind-filled match at the North Florida Tennis Complex.

“We competed well in today’s match,” said coach Tina Samara. “Our body language was pretty good, but we played in conditions that we weren’t very familiar with. Obviously, it is tough to simulate those conditions, and we haven’t had many chances to get outside in that type of environment.”

The Ospreys jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the contest, as they swept the doubles matches and were aided by a default by WVU in the No. 6 singles match.

Already holding the lead, North Florida quickly added to it, as Lorena Aviles and Danielle Day defeated the Mountaineers’ Mary Chupa and Emily Mathis.

Despite the match being out of reach after those singles matches, WVU maintained its composure and continued to fight.

Senior Veronica Cardenas and freshman Ikttesh Chahal nearly earned victories for the Mountaineers.

In the No. 3 singles spot, Cardenas battled back and forth with the Ospreys’ Melanie Aguirre, but lost 6-7 (7-3), 6-1,10-4.

“The wind was something that definitely created an advantage for our opponent because of their familiarity with playing outside in these conditions,” Samara said. “This match was tough on us mentally because shots that we could normally hit were taken away due to the conditions.”

In Chahal’s match, she lost in straight sets to Simona Weymar, but Samara was somewhat pleased with what she saw from the young freshman.

“Ikttesh had two set points in the first set,” Samara said. “If this match was played inside, we feel that the results would have been different, but we have two more matches this week that will be played outside, so we will have to adapt our game to the conditions.”

The Mountaineers next match in Florida will be on Tuesday afternoon, as they will go head-to-head with Stetson at 2:30 p.m.

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

No. 1: Lorena Aviles (UNF) def. Mary Chupa (WVU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 2: Danielle Day (UNF) def. Emily Mathis (WVU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 3: Melanie Aguirre (UNF) def. Veronica Cardenas (WVU), 6-7 (7-3), 6-1,10-4
No. 4: Simona Weymar (UNF) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
No. 5: Rebeca Pereira (UNF) def. Catie Wickline (WVU), 6-1, 6-3
No. 6: UNF def. WVU, default

No. 1: Weymar/Pereira (UNF) def. Chupa/Chahal (WVU), 8-2
No. 2: Cunningham/Aviles (UNF) def. Cardenas/Mathis (WVU), 8-1
No. 3: UNF def. WVU, default


West Virginia University Mountaineers, NCAA Women's Tennis, Tina Samara

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