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Tennis to Battle Cal (Pa.)


By Jonathan Hevron for WVUsports.com
February 06, 2014 01:35 PM
Kaja Mrgole
 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – The West Virginia University tennis team returns to the court against Cal (Pa.) on Friday, Feb. 7, at Ridgeview Racquet Club at 3 p.m.
 
Free pizza will be available for all fans in attendance. Ridgeview Racquet Club is located on Everhart Dr., off Bakers Ridge Road in Morgantown.
 
“We want to approach tomorrow’s match and concern ourselves with bringing energy to doubles and working on getting on top of our opponent early,” says coach Miha Lisac. “We need to close out matches when we have the opportunity, which we will put an emphasis on in this match.”
 
The Mountaineers (0-3) come off a 6-1 loss at Marshall on Feb. 1. Freshman Kaja Mrgole captured her team-high second singles victory of the spring, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Mrgole led West Virginia in the fall with six wins in singles.
 
The freshmen tandem of Oana Manole and Mrgole fell for the first time this season, 6-4, to the Thundering Herd's Karli TImko and Anna Pomyatinskaya in doubles play. The duo comes into the spring season ranked No. 9 in the Atlantic Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. In the fall campaign, Manole and Mrgole tied the pair of sophomore Hailey Barrett and junior Ikttesh Chahal with a team-high five victories.
 
Friday's match marks the first competition for Cal (Pa.) this spring. During the fall season, the Vulcans went 2-1 and made appearances at the PSAC Individual Championships, ITA Atlantic Regional and ITA Small College Championships.
 
Lucie Sipkova and Lucie Rey won their second consecutive doubles title at the Atlantic Regional and finished fifth at the NCAA DII National Championships. Spikova went on to finish fifth at nationals in singles play.
 
The Mountaineers are 7-2 all-time against Cal (Pa.). In last season's matchup, West Virginia shut out the Vulcans, 7-0. Barrett, Chahal, sophomore Vivian Tsui and sophomore Irinka Toidze all tallied victories in both singles and doubles play.



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