MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team was defeated by Buffalo, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Miller Tennis Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
“Buffalo was deceivingly good coming into this match,” said coach Tina Samara. “They make you work for each and every point within your match. Because of this, we were inconsistent and made mistakes, which is something we cannot do if we want to win. We have to be more committed on a daily basis on and off the court.”
The Mountaineers, who were coming off of a loss to Syracuse on Saturday afternoon, looked to rebound by grabbing the doubles point.
The Bulls (3-0) wasted little time in getting the doubles point, however, as they locked up the No. 1 and No. 3 singles matches.
“The intensity wasn’t there in doubles play,” Samara said. “If your intensity isn’t there when the match begins, then you have already put yourself behind. In yesterday’s match against Syracuse, I was upset with the way that we played, but that was a very good team. They nearly beat some of the top teams in the country to begin the year.”
Already holding a 1-0 lead, Buffalo then stretched its advantage to 2-0, as it quickly took the No. 1 singles match.
Freshman Vivian Tsui
slowed the Bulls’ momentum, however, as she was able to take a point for WVU with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Marta Stoyanova.
“Vivian is capable of playing with top-notch competition, but she has to continue to work on consistency,” Samara said. “We had a talk between today’s doubles match and singles match that may have sparked her. We can’t have that in every match, though. Each of our girls needs to be ready to play right from the start.”
Despite turning the momentum a bit with Tsui’s win, the Mountaineers were unable to close out any of the remaining singles matches, which gave Buffalo the 6-1 victory.
“We had a couple of long talks after our matches this weekend,” Samara said. “I think the break in our schedule is going to help us. It will allow our girls to regroup and hopefully, show that they are ready to be committed each and every day on and off the court.”
WVU (1-3), which is idle this coming weekend, will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 16, as it travels to Williamsburg, Va., to take on No. 53 William & Mary.ResultsSingles
1. Tanvi Shah (UB) def. Audrey Wooland
(WVU), 6-1, 6-0
2. Mirdanda Podlas (UB) def. Hailey Barrett
(WVU), 7-6 (4), 6-1
3. Laura Fernandez (UB) def. Ikttesh Chahal
(WVU), 3-6, 6-3, 10-7
4. Tamara Markovic (UB) def. Emily Mathis
(WVU), 6-4, 7-6 (5)
5. Vivian Tsui
(WVU) def. Marta Stoyanova (UB), 6-4, 6-1
6. Anamaria Candanoza (UB) def. Jade Allen
(WVU), 6-4, 6-4Doubles
1. Shah/Podlas (UB) def. Barrett/Chahal (WVU), 8-3
2. Mathis/Wooland (WVU) def. Markovic/Candanoza (UB), 8-5
3. Stoyanova/Fernandez (UB) def. Allen/Tsui (WVU), 8-0