Women’s Tennis Wins Third Straight
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – One day after defeating California (Pa.), the West Virginia University women’s tennis team won its third consecutive match, as it took down Rutgers, 6-1, at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.
“Obviously, we are very happy with the win that we captured today,” said coach Tina Samara. “Rutgers has always been a solid program. We were able to compete at every spot in doubles and singles.”
For the second straight day, the Mountaineers (4-7) began the match by taking the doubles point, as they earned a sweep of doubles play.
WVU’s No. 1 doubles team of Hailey Barrett and Ikttesh Chahal defeated their opponents, 8-6, while the remaining doubles teams each knocked off their opposition, 8-5.
“We knew after yesterday that we were going to need to be competitive in doubles in order to win the dual match,” Samara said. “To get wins on all three doubles courts, it showed a very good effort on our behalf.”
Carrying a 1-0 lead into singles play, the Mountaineers never looked back, as they won five out of the dual’s six singles matches.
Audrey Wooland won her third straight singles match, as she defeated Rutgers’ Vanessa Petrini, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
“Audrey did a great job after being a set down to win that match,” Samara said.
Barrett, who is tied for the team lead with Chahal in singles wins at six, won in straight sets against the Scarlet Knights’ Gina Li, 6-3, 6-0.
At No. 3 singles, Chahal rallied from an early deficit in the first set to take a straight set victory from Rutgers’ Mariam Zain, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
“Ikttesh was down 5-1 in the first,” Samara said. “She needs to continue working on her negative body language from the start, but she still gutted it out to get the win today.”
Vivian Tsui scored her second doubles win of the weekend, as she was a 7-5, 6-0 victor over the Scarlet Knights’ Noor Judeh, 7-5, 6-0.
Finally, Irinka Toidze earned the last singles win, as she defeated Rutgers’ Lindsay Balsamo, 6-1, 6-2. The win was Toidze’s third straight singles win.
“Hailey, Irinka and Vivian did a great job of not allowing their opponents into the match,” Samara said. “We are really starting to understand what it means to compete even when we are not playing our best tennis.”
The loss drops the Scarlet Knights’ record to 6-3 this season.
WVU returns to action on Friday, March 15, as it hosts its inaugural Big 12 Conference match against No. 19 TCU at 1 p.m., at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.
No. 1: Audrey Wooland (WVU) def. Vanessa Petrini (RU), 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 2: Hailey Barrett (WVU) def. Gina Li (RU), 6-3, 6-0
No. 3: Ikttesh Chahal (WVU) def. Mariam Zain (RU), 7-6 (3), 6-2
No. 4: Lindsey Kayata (RU) def. Emily Mathis (WVU), 6-1, 6-0
No. 5: Vivian Tsui (WVU) def. Noor Judeh (RU), 7-5, 6-0
No. 6: Irinka Toidze (WVU) def. Lindsay Balsamo (RU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 1: Barrett/Chahal (WVU) def. Petrini/Li (RU), 8-6
No. 2: Mathis/Wooland (WVU) def. Kayata/Zein (RU), 8-5
No. 3: Tsui/Toidze (WVU) def. Balsamo/Judeh (RU), 8-5
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