MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia tennis wrapped up day two of the USAFA Invitational, earlier today. Freshman Oana Manole
tallied her first career-singles victory as a Mountaineer, defeating Kwynn Ecton of Colorado State in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
“Like yesterday, I thought we did some things today that we have been working on, but also we went away from some things that we have been stressing,” says coach Miha Lisac. “It is very important for us, going into tomorrow, that we refocus and go back to doing the right things on the court.”
Sophomore Hailey Barrett
and junior Ikttesh Chahal
stumbled, 8-1, against Air Force’s pairing of Natasha Rizvi and Marcelli Magday.
In flight “bravo” doubles, sophomore Vivian Tsui
and freshman Oana Manole
fell to New Mexico’s Meredith Hopson and Rachana Bhat, 8-5.
In the singles tournament, Barrett battled Tiffany Tran of Air Force to three sets, falling 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. In her second match of the day, the Lansing, Mich., native stumbled against New Mexico’s Hopson, 6-2, 7-6 (6).
Chahal matched up with Tanvi Shah of Buffalo in the morning match. After dropping the opening set 7-5, Chahal rebounded with a strong 6-2 second-set win, but fell in the third set, 10-5. In the afternoon, Chahal battled Colorado State’s Adriana Wojakowska through three sets, dropping her third singles match of the season, 4-6, 7-6 (11), 10-2.
In flight “bravo”, Tsui met with Buffalo’s Laura Fernandez in round two, but lost in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3. In her second match of the day, Tsui fell to Jessica Parizher of Wyoming, 6-0, 6-2.
In flight “charlie”, freshman Kaja Mrgole
dropped two straight sets to Maddie Buxton of Colorado State, 6-2, 6-0. Mrgole was unable to rebound in the afternoon, falling to New Mexico’s Susan Baklini, 7-5, 6-2.
The Mountaineers saw victory in flight “charlie” with Manole’s 6-2, 6-2, victory over Colorado State’s Ecton. Manole met with Wyoming’s Alma Espinosa in the afternoon, falling 6-2, 7-5.
“It is a process. There will be ups and downs, but it is important that we see progress from ourselves,” Lisac says. “It was up and down today, but we must improve to make sure we can sustain focus and play at our level for multiple days and matches in a row.”
The tandem of Barrett and Chahal will compete in doubles against Air Froce’s Tran and Jocelle Rudico tomorrow, Sept. 29. Tsui and Manole will compete on the final day against Chrissie Hoolahan and Courtney Schulte of Northern Colorado.
In the singles bracket, Barrett and Natasha Rizvi of Air Force will play at 12:30 p.m. In flight “bravo”, sophomore Irinka Toidze
is slotted against Air Force’s Tasha Hueffner. Tsui’s tilt on day three is scheduled against Colorado State’s Lauren Pick. Manole will take on Hilary Walters-West of Northern Colorado, while fellow freshman Mrgole battles against Magday of Air Force at 2 p.m.