Tennis Downed by No. 21 Texas


By Jonathan Hevron for WVUsports.com
March 23, 2014 05:10 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  - The West Virginia University tennis team closed out its Big 12 Conference road trip to Texas, today, with a 7-0 loss to the No. 21-ranked Longhorns.
 
In doubles, the Mountaineers (3-12, 0-4 Big 12) surrendered the doubles point after dropping three matches. Texas took the No. 3 doubles match, 8-3, downing sophomores Irinka Toidze and Vivian Tsui. The point was clinched for the Longhorns with an 8-4 victory at No. 1 doubles, with the freshmen tandem of Kaja Mrgole and Oana Manole dropping its third consecutive decision. Sophomore Hailey Barrett and junior Ikttesh Chahal battled Ratnika Batra and Neda Koprcina, but were unable to pull out the victory, dropping the match 8-6.
 
WVU's woes continued into singles play, as Pippa Horn extended Texas' lead with a 6-0, 6-1, victory over Tsui. At No. 1 singles, Barrett was defeated by No. 18 Breaunna Addison, 6-2, 6-0. Mrgole stumbled against the 114th-ranked player in the country, Elizabeth Begley, 6-4, 6-3. Manole forced No. 89 Batra to a 7-5 first set, but could not continue her momentum into the second, falling in 7-5, 6-3. The match was sealed at No. 6 singles when Toidze fell, 6-2, 6-2.
 
The Mountaineers return to Morgantown to host Texas Tech on March 28 at 1 p.m., and TCU on March 30 at 10 a.m.
 
Match-by-Match
Doubles
No. 1: Breaunna Addison/Elizabeth Begley (UT) def. Kaja Mrgole/Oana Manole (WVU) 8-4
No. 2: Ratnika Batra/Neda Koprcina (UT) def. Hailey Barrett/Ikttesh Chahal (WVU) 8-6
No. 3: Pippa Horn/Juliana Gajic (UT) def. Irinka Toidze/Vivian Tsui (WVU) 8-3
 
Singles
No. 1: No. 18 Breaunna Addison (UT) def. Hailey Barrett (WVU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 2: No. 114 Elizabeth Begley (UT) def. Kaja Mrgole (WVU) 6-4, 6-3
No. 3: No. 89 Ratnika Batra (UT) def. Oana Manole (WVU) 7-5, 6-3
No. 4: Neda Koprcina (UT) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU) 6-1, 6-3
No. 5: Pippa Horn (UT) def. Vivian Tsui (WVU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 6: Lana Groenvynck (UT) def. Irinka Toidze (WVU) 6-2, 6-2
 
WVU 0 , No. 21 Texas 7



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