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.
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.
WVU 1 Liberty 6