Women’s Tennis Trumps Marquette
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (March 3, 2013) – Playing its second match in as many days, the West Virginia University women’s tennis team defeated Marquette, 5-2, for the first time in program history at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.
“Since I’ve been here, we obviously haven’t beaten them, but I had always thought that they were a pretty good program while we were in the Big East,” said coach Tina Samara. “With our schedule change and our move to the Big 12, we hadn’t been getting a lot of wins, but we were making improvements.”
Following a loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon, the Mountaineers were able to rebound with the win despite sloppy play to begin doubles action on Sunday afternoon.
After a loss by No. 2 doubles pairing Emily Mathis and Audrey Wooland, WVU found themselves behind at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Despite this, though, the two doubles teams rallied and earned victories.
Freshman Hailey Barrett and sophomore Ikttesh Chahal were victorious, 9-7, while Vivian Tsui and Irinka Toidze notched their first doubles win of the season, 8-6.
“We had a feeling that we could get the doubles point in this match,” Samara said. “We didn’t get it in the way that we expected, as Emily and Audrey lost, but it was one of those weird days. We didn’t look very sharp, but we were able to regroup and earn the doubles point.”
In singles play, the Golden Eagles (9-5) quickly evened the match, as it received a victory from Erin Gebes over the Mountaineers’ Emily Mathis, 6-1, 6-2.
Yet again, though, WVU rallied, as it won at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles to lock up the team victory.
Wooland, who was defeated 6-0 in her first set, strung together set victories of 6-2, 6-4 in a come from behind win over Ana Pimienta. The victory was Wooland’s first singles victory of the season.
“Audrey was able to get her first win, and that was very big for her mentally,” Samara said. “She lost 6-0 in the first set, but she was able to work her way back for the victory.”
At No. 2 singles, Hailey Barrett overcame a slow start in the first set on her way to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Rocio Diaz. The win was Barrett’s fourth of the season and second straight.
“Hailey played a girl that was feisty, but Hailey is so chill that she is able to tune that out,” Samara said. “The reason Hailey has been doing well is because she has been working hard each and every day.”
Ikttesh Chahal notched her third consecutive and fourth overall singles victory, as she defeated Marquette’s Ali Dawson, 7-5, 6-1.
“After the VCU match, Ikttesh started to grasp some things in terms of competing a little more,” Samara said. “She is learning to contain and manage her negative thinking a little more. That is improvement, because she is expecting to win.”
Lastly, Irinka Toidze earned her first singles win of the season, as she defeated Aleeza Kanner, 0-6, 6-3, 10-4.
“It was a big day for Irinka,” Samara said. “She had been struggling in practice with nerves, but she made a change after she lost 6-0 in the first set. She started hitting the ball with a little bit more on it, and she was dictating the play.”
The Mountaineers (2-7) return to the court on Friday, March 8, at 3 p.m., as they take on California (Pa.) at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.
No. 1: Audrey Wooland (WVU) def. Ana Pimienta (MU), 0-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 2: Hailey Barrett (WVU) def. Rocio Diaz (MU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 3: Ikttesh Chahal (WVU) def. Ali Dawson (MU), 7-5, 6-1
No. 4: Erin Gebes (MU) def. Emily Mathis (WVU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 5: Vanessa Foltinger (MU) def. Vivian Tsui (WVU), 6-1, 6-3
No. 6: Irinka Toidze (WVU) def. Aleeza Kanner (MU), 0-6, 6-3, 10-4
No. 1: Barrett/Chahal (WVU) def. Diaz/Dawson (MU), 9-7
No. 2: Pimienta/Gebes (MU) def. Mathis/Wooland (WVU), 8-4
No. 3: Tsui/Toidze (WVU) def. Foltinger/Kanner (MU), 8-6
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