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
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.
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