MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University women’s tennis team was defeated by No. 47 William & Mary on Saturday afternoon, 6-1, at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center.
To open the match, the Tribe won the doubles point, as they were able to earn a sweep of the three matches, including an 8-4 win by the third-ranked doubles combo of Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans over the Mountaineers’ Ikttesh Chahal
and Hailey Barrett
Carrying a 1-0 lead, William & Mary was able to extend its lead in singles play, as it quickly clinched the No. 2 and No. 1 singles matches.
WVU’s lone win of the day came at the No. 3 singles match, as Emily Mathis
was a victor after opponent Hope Johnson retired with Mathis leading in the second set. The win was Mathis’ team-leading third singles win and her sixth combined win of the season.
Following Mathis’ victory, the Tribe closed out the match with wins at No. 6, No. 5 and No. 4 singles in succession.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Sunday morning, as it takes on No. 49 VCU at 10 a.m., at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
Full results and a recap will be available on WVUsports.com after the completion of competition.
No. 1 – Maria Belaya (W&M) def. Audrey Wooland (WVU) – 6-4, 6-0
No. 2 – Jeltje Loomans (W&M) def. Hailey Barrett (WVU) – 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 – Leeza Nemchinov (W&M) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU) – 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 – Emily Mathis (WVU) def. Hope Johnson (W&M) – 2-6, 5-4, retire
No. 5 – Anik Cepeda (W&M) def. Vivan Tusi (WVU) – 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 – Sydney Smith (W&M) def. Irinka Toidze (WVU) – 6-2, 6-0
No. 1 – #3 Belaya/Loomans (W&M) def. Chahal/Barrett (WVU) – 8-4
No. 2 – Cepeda/Johnson (W&M) def. Mathis/Wooland (WVU) – 7-3, abandoned
No. 3 – Nemchinov/Smith (W&M) def. Tsui/Toidze (WVU) – 8-0