MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - In its first day of competition at the Longhorn Invitational, the West Virginia University women’s tennis was able to find modest success in singles and doubles play.
“We didn’t have as good of a day as we could have had today,” said coach Tina Samara. “We were in position to win matches this afternoon, but there is very little margin for error. We cannot continue to giveaway free points. However, it was encouraging to see how close we were able to play against this high level of competition.”
Two out of the Mountaineer’s three doubles teams were able to score victories, including the freshman duo of Vivian Tsui
and Irinka Toidze
Tsui and Toidze came into the Longhorn Invitational holding the team lead in doubles wins and were able to score their third win of the season, as they defeated Kayva Menon and Alena Shichokova of Texas-San Antonio, 9-7.
In their second doubles contest of the day, Tsui and Toidze lost to Houston’s Elena Kordolaimi and Dionne Sanders, 8-4.
“Our freshman are still a little green at this point of the season,” Samara said. “But, playing a lot of matches this fall will help prepare them for the spring season. We are seeing positives in their play.
Also scoring a doubles win for the Mountaineers was the combo of senior Emily Mathis
and sophomore Ikttesh Chahal
, who knocked off Denver’s Michelle Garpenlov and Emma Isberg of Denver in a dominating 8-0 performance.
Chahal and Mathis were defeated in their second doubles match of the day, as they lost to Emma Helisten and Jacqui Katz of Tulane, 8-6.
In singles play, two WVU players were able to score wins.
Mathis defeated No. 4-seeded Franziska Sprinkmeyer of North Texas, 6-3, 6-2, and will continue play on Saturday with a match against LSU’s Ella Taylor.
“Emily did a great job of fighting during her matches today,” Samara said. “She also was able to stick the game plan throughout the day.”
Also earning a singles win for the Mountaineers was Tsui, as she was victorious against UTSA’s Irene Gandara, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3.
Play will resume again tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m., with live results available at the following website: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/tournamenthome/tournament.aspx?t=130130
A recap of the tomorrow’s action will be available on WVUsports.com following the completion of competition.