Maksimava, 6-1, 7-5.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (January 17, 2014) – The West Virginia University tennis team dropped its spring opener to Akron, 4-3, on Friday afternoon at Ridgeview Racquet Club.
“It is a starting point for us, and it is important that we keep learning from these matches,” says coach Miha Lisac. “I thought it was a good match on both ends and that we battled hard. We put ourselves in a position to be successful, but we need to get better at taking advantage of late situations.”
In doubles, the tandem of sophomore Hailey Barrett
and Ikttesh Chahal
fell to the Zips' Shannon Newnes and Olga Shkundina, 7-6 (6). With the win, Akron clinched the doubles point to go up 1-0 in the match. The Zips' pairing jumped out to an early lead, but the Mountaineers' top duo from a year ago battled to take a 4-3 advantage. Akron regained momentum to win three of the next five games and the tiebreaker.
The freshman duo of Kaja Mrgole
and Oana Manole
combined for a 6-3 win over the Zips' Caroline Harpainter and Karolina Maksimava. Mrgole and Manole won five doubles matches during the fall season.
Heading into singles play, Manole and Mrgole knotted the team score at two. Manole defeated Maksimava, 6-1, 7-5, to give WVU its first point of the match. Mrgole followed after trailing by one set. She battled back to win the second set 6-0, and then the tiebreaker 10-7.
Akron regained the lead after Chahal fell 10-8 in a tiebreaker to Zerbola. Zerbola took the first set, 6-4, but Chahal stormed back to take the second 6-4. Carrying her momentum into the tiebreaker, Chahal jumped out to a 6-3 lead, but Zerbola went on a 7-4 run to end the match.
Tsui claimed her first victory of the season, defeating Shannon Newnes, 6-3, 6-3. Tsui's victory tied the team score at 3-3, with sophomore Irinka Toidze
left on the court.
Toidze dropped the first set 7-5 to Ksenia Berestetska of Akron. She won set two, 7-6, before falling in the tiebreaker, 7-1.
The Mountaineers are back in action on Saturday, Jan. 25, against Liberty. The match will be played in Charleston, W.Va., and is set to begin at 3 p.m.
3: Madison Cohen and Martina Zerbola defeat Irinka Toidza and Vivian Tsui
WVU 3 Akron 4