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.
“Today was another frustrating day for us,” said coach Tina Samara. “Before our match started, we didn’t have the type of excitement that we would like to see. If we do not begin to raise our level of anticipation and excitement prior to the match, we had better be prepared for a long season.”
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
“Our No. 1 and No. 2 doubles pairs competed well and did do a better job making more balls and cutting down on the errors,” Samara said. “Unfortunately, for Hailey and Ikttesh, that came against the third-ranked doubles team in the country. They will need to demand that from themselves every match going forward.”
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.
“Hailey played a very smart, seasoned player in the No. 2 spot that had a very rare style in women’s tennis – hats off to her,” Samara said. “Audrey went down early in her match. Her, along with others, need to understand the importance of starting strong from the first point.”
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.
“I sound like a broken record when it comes to Emily,” Samara said. “She battled until her opponent quit.”
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.
“Tomorrow will not get any easier,” Samara said. “This team cannot accept losing. Until that changes, we are in store for an uphill battle.”
Full results and a recap will be available on WVUsports.com after the completion of competition.ResultsSingles
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. Vivian Tsui
(WVU) – 6-2, 6-3
No. 6: Sydney Smith (W&M) def. Irinka Toidze
(WVU) – 6-2, 6-0 Doubles
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