Mountaineers Downed by Flames


By Jonathan Hevron for WVUsports.com
January 25, 2014 08:15 PM
Hailey Barrett
 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – The West Virginia University tennis team fell to Liberty at the Charleston Indoor Racquet Club, 6-1, this evening.
 
“I thought we gave ourselves an opportunity in doubles but came up short at set point. That makes a big difference for the rest of the matches,” says coach Miha Lisac. “Liberty fought well and is a tough team. We didn’t play consistently enough to win.”
 
In doubles, the Mountaineers' (0-2) top pair of sophomore Hailey Barrett and Ikttesh Chahal dropped a 9-7 tiebreak to the Flames' (3-0) Rebekah Jenkins and Maria Khval, ultimately losing 7-6.
 
The freshmen tandem of Oana Manole and Kaja Mrgole improved their record to 2-0 this spring, defeating Valerie Thong and Brittany Yang, 6-3.
 
Liberty sealed the doubles point with a 6-0 victory over the duo of sophomores Irinka Toidze and Vivian Tsui.
 
In singles, Barrett downed Jenkins 6-0, 6-1, to even the team scoring at one. The Flames rebounded though with five straight victories. After falling in the first set 6-3, Chahal took the second set, 6-3. She would go on to drop the tiebreaker 10-5.
 
Mrgole and Manole suffered their first losses of the spring, losing to Mariely Hassey, 6-3, 6-3, and Belen Rivera, 6-3, 6-4, respectively.
 
“As in the last match, we did not take advantage of the opportunities we had,” Lisac says. “We need to get better at some of the basic things that you need to do well at this level. It is a process, and it is important we get better and show more confidence as the season goes on.”
 
The Mountaineers return to the court at Marshall on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m.
 
Match-by-Match
 
Doubles
 
Rebekah Jenkins and Maria Khval defeat Hailey Barrett and Ikttesh Chahal, 7-6 (9-7)
Oana Manole and Kaja Mrgole defeat Valerie Thong and Brittany Yang, 6-3
Belen Rivera and Nicola Wellman defeat Irinka Toidze and Vivian Tsui, 6-0
 
Singles
Hailey Barrett defeats Rebekah Jenkins, 6-0, 6-1
Maria Khval defeats Ikttesh Chahal, 6-3, 3-6,10-5
Mariely Hassey defeats Kaja Mrgole, 6-3, 6-3
Belen Rivera defeats Oana Manole, 6-3, 6-4
Nicola Wellman defeats Irinka Toidze, 6-2, 6-3
Brittany Yang defeats Vivian Tsui, 6-4, 6-3
 
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