Day Two at UNC-Wilmington Invitational


By Brian Kuppelweiser for WVUsports.com
September 08, 2012 11:24 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After a successful opening day at the UNC-Wilmington Invitational, the West Virginia University women’s tennis team followed up with another positive showing in day two of the tournament.

In total, the Mountaineers were able to score victories in seven of the nine matches that they participated in during the course of the day.

“I am extremely pleased with the results we have gotten over the past two days,” said coach Tina Samara. “Through two days of our first tournament, there have been a lot of positives we have taken away, but at the same time, we know there is always going to be room for improvement.”

Freshman Vivian Tsui led the charge for WVU, as she was able to score two singles wins, as well as participating in a doubles win with fellow freshman Irinka Toidze.

Tsui and Toidze knocked off UNC-Wilmington’s Scottie French and Sara Hodges, 8-4, in their second doubles win of the tournament.

In singles play, Tsui defeated Chanel Bell of Charleston Southern, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, and then, quickly followed that win with a victory over No.1-seeded Larn McShane of East Tennessee State, 6-4, 6-4.

“We were pleasantly surprised with what we got from Vivian this afternoon,” Samara said. “She showed some things that we hadn’t seen in practice thus far, and we are hoping that she will continue to show progress in practices and matches.”

Also accounting for a singles win for the Mountaineers was Toidze. The native of Tbilisi, Georgia, handled UNC-Wilmington’s Sara Hodges, 6-0, 6-3.

Senior Audrey Wooland followed up a successful first day with a win in her lone singles match over East Tennessee State’s Antonia Kolovou, 4-6, 6-4 (10-5).

“Audrey is beginning to remember how to play like the player she was in the past,” Samara said. “It can be tough getting acclimated to college tennis again like she is doing, but our experience and familiarity in coaching her in the past has really helped with that process.”

The final two singles wins on the day came from sophomore Ikttesh Chahal, who scored a 7-5, 6-2 win in Flight B singles over Alexandra Walters of Charleston Southern, and freshman Hailey Barrett, who defeated UNC-Wilmington’s Christina Riley, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

In addition, Barrett had one match that has been suspended due to weather in which she lost the first set 6-7, won the second set, 6-4 and is tied in the third set at three apiece.

The final day of play at the UNC-Wilmington Invitational will begin tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.

A full recap of the action will be available on WVUsports.com after the completion of competition.

Tags
Big 12 Women's Tennis, WVU Mountaineers, West Virginia Tennis


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