MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team rolled to a 7-0 victory over California (Pa.) at the Ridgeview Racquet Club on Friday afternoon.
The Vulcans entered Friday afternoon’s match as the No. 9 team at the Division II level.
“After losing to this team 5-2 last season, we are obviously happy with our win today,” said coach Tina Samara. “Despite not playing well in some spots, we still found a way to win. This is the second straight match we have done that, but we will have to improve in order to compete for a win tomorrow.”
For the second consecutive match, the Mountaineers (3-7) began the day by taking the doubles point from their opponent.
WVU received one victory from Ikttesh Chahal
and Hailey Barrett
, while it got its second doubles win from Vivian Tsui
and Irinka Toidze
After an 8-5 win was produced by Barrett and Chahal, Tsui and Toidze rallied from an early deficit to come away with an 8-6 victory.
“It was nice to earn the doubles point, but we need to raise our overall level of play to beat Rutgers,” Samara said. “Emily (Mathis) and Audrey (Wooland) need to go back to what was working for them in doubles play. It is going to start with them bringing more intensity and fight to the court – that is an absolute necessity if they want to win tomorrow.”
Once momentum was seized in doubles play, the Mountaineers never looked back, as they swept singles play.
At No. 1 singles, Audrey Wooland
was a 6-1, 6-3 victor over the Vulcan’s Lucie Sipkova. The win was Wooland’s second consecutive singles win.
Barrett, who is now tied for the team lead with five singles victories, defeated Ramona Czakon, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 2 singles.
In No. 3 singles action, Chahal captured her third straight singles win, as she won 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 over Alexandra Borgenhoff. With the victory, Chahal is also tied for the team lead in singles wins with five.
Senior Emily Mathis
, who is the third and final individual tied for the team lead in singles win, knocked off Lucie Rey, 6-2, 6-2. The win moved Mathis’ team-leading combined victory total to 11.
At No. 5 singles, Tsui defeated Elizabeth Guy in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.
Lastly, at No. 6 singles, Toidze converted for her second straight singles win, as she won 6-1, 6-1 against Maxime Colen.
WVU faces a quick turnaround, as they return to the court tomorrow afternoon to take on Rutgers (6-2) at 1 p.m. at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.ResultsSingles
No. 1: Audrey Wooland
(WVU) def. Lucie Sipkova (CUP), 6-1, 6-3
No. 2: Hailey Barrett
(WVU) def. Ramona Czakon (CUP), 6-2, 6-1
No. 3: Ikttesh Chahal
(WVU) def. Alexandra Borgenhoff (CUP), 2-6, 6-0, 6-2
No. 4: Emily Mathis
(WVU) def. Lucie Rey (CUP), 6-2, 6-2
No. 5: Vivian Tsui
(WVU) def. Elizabeth Guy (CUP), 6-0, 6-1
No. 6: Irinka Toidze
(WVU) def. Maxime Colen (CUP), 6-1, 6-2Doubles
No. 1: Barrett/Chahal (WVU) def. Sipkova/Rey (CUP), 8-5
No. 2: Czakon/Borgenhoff (CUP) def. Mathis/Wooland (WVU), 8-2
No. 3: Toidze/Tsui (WVU) def. Pondicas/Colen (CUP), 8-6