Women’s Tennis Blanked by No. 22 Longhorns
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Playing its second match of the weekend in Texas, the West Virginia University women’s tennis team was blanked by No. 22 Texas, 7-0, at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin, Texas.
“This was a very tough weekend for us,” said coach Tina Samara. “We knew that going outdoors for the first time all year would be a challenge, but we weren’t planning on the wind gusting between 10-15 miles per hour here and at Texas Tech. It really exposed what we don’t do well.”
The Longhorns (8-8, 4-0 Big 12) earned a quick advantage in the match, as they were able to dispatch the No. 3 doubles combo of Vivian Tsui and Irinka Toidze, 8-2.
The Mountaineers (4-11, 0-4 Big 12), however, were able to fight back, as their No. 1 doubles pairing of Hailey Barrett and Ikttesh Chahal were able to upset No. 19 Breaunna Addison and Noel Scott, 8-6.
Despite the momentum that was gained via the win over a ranked pairing, WVU was unable to earn the doubles point, as Emily Mathis and Audrey Wooland were defeated 8-4 at No. 2 doubles.
“We had chances in doubles,” Samara said. “We won a well-fought match at No. 1, but at No. 2, we were up, 4-2, and did not keep our intensity where it needed to be. When you have a team point on the line like that, it is not a good thing if you cannot keep your intensity up.”
With a 1-0 lead secured, Texas turned its focus to singles play, where it was dominant in earning six wins in straight sets.
The Longhorns received victories from their two ranked players, No. 42 Aeriel Ellis and No. 52 Breaunna Addison, at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.
Holding a 3-0 lead, Texas was able to close out the remaining singles matches.
“This was very disappointing for us as coaches,” Samara said. “This team needs to understand the importance of intensity on a daily basis – at home, every day in practice and on the road. Until every player on this team has winning as the top priority, we will continue to struggle.
“Hopefully, over the break, those players will rededicate themselves and take more pride in wearing the flying WV.”
WVU, which is idle this week, returns to action on Friday, April 5, as it hosts No. 35 Oklahoma State at 1 p.m., at Ridgeview Racquet Club.
No. 1: No. 42 Aeriel Ellis (UT) def. Audrey Wooland (WVU), 6-1, 6-3
No. 2: No. 52 Breaunna Addison (UT) def. Hailey Barrett (WVU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 3: Noel Scott (UT) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 6-4, 6-1
No. 4: Elizabeth Begley (UT) def. Emily Mathis (WVU), 6-0, 6-2
No. 5: Lina Padegimaite (UT) def. Vivian Tsui (WVU), 6-0, 6-0
No. 6: Annat Rabinovich (UT) def. Irinka Toidze (WVU), 6-0, 7-5
Order of finish: 5, 4, 1, 2, 6, 3
No. 1: Barrett/Chahal (WVU) def. No. 19 Addison/Scott (UT), 8-6
No. 2: Begley/Ellis (UT) def. Mathis/Wooland (WVU), 8-4
No. 3: Padegimaite/Rabinovich (UT) def. Toidze/Tsui (WVU), 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
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