Tennis Notches Win Over Vulcans, 5-2


By Jonathan Hevron for WVUsports.com
February 07, 2014 10:18 PM
Oana Manole
 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  – The West Virginia University tennis team notched its first victory of the spring, downing Cal (Pa.), 5-2, at Ridgeview Racquet Club, earlier today.
 
“It has been a battle this spring to get over the hump, and after falling short a couple of times, it was nice to see the team's work pay off and get a win,” says coach Miha Lisac. “We will look for today to give us some confidence going forward into our matches coming up.”
 
The Mountaineers (1-3) jumped out to an early lead after earning the doubles-team point. Last season's top duo of sophomore Hailey Barrett and junior Ikttesh Chahal downed the Vulcans pair of Lucie Sipkova and Lucie Rey, 6-4. The win knotted the doubles score at one match each after sophomores Vivian Tsui and Irinka Toidze fell, 6-3.
 
The No. 9-ranked tandem in the Atlantic Region of freshmen Oana Manole and Kaja Mrgole sealed the doubles victory for WVU with a 6-4 win over Mariela Sarinana and Ramona Czakon.
 
In singles, West Virginia took four of the six matches. Barrett won her second match of the spring, defeating Lucie Sipkova, 6-1, 6-4. The victory today marked the first time this season that Barrett earned a win in both single and doubles play.
 
Mrgole and Manole continued their momentum from doubles, both tallying victories in singles play. Mrgole won her team-high third match of the year, and second straight, against Lucie Rey, 6-4, 6-4. Manole's second win of the spring came over Kiefer Shaw, 6-1, 6-2.
 
Sophomore Irinka Toidze recorded her first victory of the season, downing Veronika Mikulis, 6-2, 7-6 (5).
 
The Mountaineers travel to Norfolk, Va., to battle Richmond on Feb. 14 at 12:30 p.m.
 
Match-by-Match
Doubles
1: Hailey Barrett and Ikttesh Chahal (WVU) defeat Lucie Sipkova and Lucie Rey (Cal, Pa.), 6-4
2: Oana Manole and Kaja Mrgole (WVU) defeat Mariela Sarinana and Ramona Czakon (Cal, Pa.), 6-4
3: Jesse Burrell and Florine Gross (Cal, Pa.) defeat Irinka Toidze and Vivian Tsui (WVU), 6-3
 
Singles
1: Hailey Barrett (WVU) defeats Lucie Sipkova (Cal, Pa.), 6-1, 6-4
2: Ramona Czakon (Cal, Pa.) defeats Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 6-3, 6-2
3: Kaja Mrgole (WVU) defeats Lucie Rey (Cal, Pa.), 6-4, 6-4
4: Oana Manole (WVU) defeats Kiefer Shaw (Cal, Pa.), 6-1, 6-2
5: Irinka Toidze (WVU) defeats Veronika Mikulis (Cal, Pa.), 6-2, 7-6 (5)
6: Mariela Sarinana (Cal, Pa.) defeats Vivian Tsui (WVU), 6-3, 6-4
 
WVU: 5 , Cal (Pa.): 2
 



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