MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team opened its fall season on Friday, as it traveled to Wilmington, N.C., for the UNC Wilmington Invitational at the Country Club of Landfall.
All six Mountaineer players saw doubles action during the course of the day on Friday, with senior Audrey Wooland
and freshman Hailey Barrett
being the lone players to participate in a singles match.
"For as young as our team is, we are very pleased with how the first day went," said coach Tina Samara. "We had three freshman playing their first career matches, as well as Audrey playing in her first collegiate match in almost a year. I am also encouraged because these matches are taking place on a clay surface, which is something you usually don't see in college tennis."
In Flight A doubles play, Wooland and Barrett teamed for an opening round 8-6 victory over UNC-Wilmington’s Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales.
In Wooland and Barrett’s second-round match, the tandem fought, but lost a close match to a duo from VCU, 8-6.
Wooland squared off against Yvonne Hubler of Charleston Southern in Flight A singles and lost in three sets, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Barrett rebounded nicely from a 4-6 loss in the opening set of her singles match to rally and take the victory, 6-4, 6-3, over UNC-Wilmington’s Christina Riley in Flight C singles play.
In their opening round matchup in Flight B doubles, senior Emily Mathis
and sophomore Ikttesh Chahal
were dominant in an 8-0 victory against Charleston Southern’s Chanel Bell and Shanetta Wilkins.
In their semifinals matchup, the No. 1-seeded Chahal and Mathis were defeated by UNC-Wilmington’s Alyssa Ritchie and Christine Kharkevitch, 8-5.
"UNC-Wilmington and VCU are two teams that were ranked last season," Samara said. "It is good to see that we are getting victories against them and staying competitve in our other matches."
Also playing in Flight B doubles was the freshman duo of Vivian Tsui
and Irinka Toidze
Tsui and Toidze were defeated in their opening-round matchup by Ritchie and Kharkevitch, but were able to rebound with an 8-4 victory over Charleston Southern’s Bell and Wilkins.
"Our doubles teams are going to take a little bit of time to get comfortable with each other," Samara said. "These are three brand new teams that are playing together for the first time."
Action at the UNC-Wilmington Invitational will resume again on Saturday morning at 8 a.m.
A full recap of the day’s play will be available on WVUsports.com after the completion of competition.