Women’s Tennis: WVU Falls to Pirates

  • By Brian Kuppelweiser
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  • April 14, 2012 05:32 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team lost the first of its two matches in New Jersey this weekend, as it was defeated by Seton Hall, 4-3, at the Seton Hall Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoon.

“This was a match that we could have and should have won,” said coach Tina Samara. “It was a close match that showed who had done the preparation that was necessary throughout the season. When matches come down to the line like that, it can expose who has put in the extra time outside of practice.”

The Mountaineers began the match by attempting to take the doubles point from the Pirates.

In the No. 2 doubles match, senior Veronica Cardenas and junior Emily Mathis teamed to take down the duo of Elizabeth Verow and Madison Shoemaker in a dominating 8-0 performance.

Seton Hall was able to overcome that, however, as it earned the doubles point with a win in the No. 1 doubles match.

“We should have won the No. 1 doubles match,” Samara said. “Our doubles teams did not communicate well throughout the match. If you want to succeed in doubles, your communication must be solid.”

Trailing 2-0, the Mountaineers looked to mount a comeback in singles play.

Cardenas, along with Mathis and freshman Ikttesh Chahal, were able to pull out wins in singles play. The singles win was Cardenas’ team-leading tenth of the season.

Chahal’s win was her third consecutive singles win and also her eighth of the season, which is good for second on the team.

“I can be critical of Ikttesh sometimes,” Samara said. “But she has done the things that are necessary to get better throughout the season. We see the potential she has, and we want her to keep progressing.”

Now, with the contest tied at third apiece, the Pirates were able to pull out a victory, as senior Catie Wickline was defeated in the No. 5 singles match.

“Catie hasn’t really ever been in the spot to clinch a match before,” Samara said. “It was tough for her to be in that spot, but it is what it is.”

WVU will close out its regular season Sunday afternoon, as it will travel to Rutgers for a match that begins at 12 p.m.

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

No. 1: Chloe Sher (SHU) def. Mary Chupa (WVU), 6-0, 6-4
No. 2: Emily Mathis (WVU) def. Rocio Portela (SHU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 3: Veronica Cardenas (WVU) def. Elizabeth Verow (SHU), 6-0, 6-2
No. 4: Ikttesh Chahal (WVU) def. Karina Cordero (SHU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 5: Madison Shoemaker (SHU) def. Catie Wickline (WVU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 6: SHU def. WVU, default

No. 1: Sher/Portela (SHU) def. Chupa/Chahal (WVU), 8-4
No. 2: Cardenas/Mathis (WVU) def. Verow/Shoemaker (SHU), 8-0
No. 3: SHU def. WVU, default

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