Tennis Knocked Off in Regular Season Finale


By Jonathan Hevron for WVUsports.com
April 13, 2014 07:07 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University tennis team concluded its regular season with a 5-2 loss against Iowa State, today, at the Ridgeview Racquet Club.
 
The Mountaineers (3-17, 0-9) opened the match with a victory at No. 1 doubles. The duo of sophomore Hailey Barrett and junior Ikttesh Chahal won its second consecutive match, downing Sami Bidai and Ksenia Pronina, 8-4. The Cyclones sealed the doubles point though after knocking off WVU's pair of sophomores Irinka Toidze and Vivian Tsui.
 
In singles, ISU extended its lead with victories at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Barrett tallied the Mountaineers' first point of the match with her first singles win since Feb. 7. She downed Pronina at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-4.
 
Toidze forced a tiebreaker set at the No. 4 position after dropping the first set to Ana Gasparovic, 6-4. Coming off a 6-4 second set, Toidze was edged out in the tiebreaker, 12-10, by Gasparovic. Tsui recorded her sixth singles victory, beating Emma Waites, 6-1, 6-1.
 
WVU hits the road next for the Big 12 Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, from April 24-27.
 
Match-by-Match
Doubles
No. 1: Hailey Barrett and Ikttesh Chahal (WVU) def. Sami Bidai and Ksenia Pronina (ISU), 8-4
No. 2: Meghan Cassens and Ana Gasparovic (ISU) def. Irinka Toidze and Vivian Tsui (WVU), 8-5
No. 3: Lydia Green and Caroline Anderson (ISU) win by default
Order of finish: 1,2
 
Singles
No. 1: Hailey Barrett (WVU) def. Ksenia Pronina (ISU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 2: Sami Budai (ISU) def. Kaja Mrgole (WVU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 3: Meghan Cassens (ISU) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 4: Ana Gasparovic (ISU) def. Irinka Toidze (WVU), 6-4, 4-6, 12-10
No. 5: Vivian Tsui (WVU) def. Emma Waites (ISU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 6: Talisa Merchiers (ISU) wins by default
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1, 4, 5
 
WVU: 2 , ISU: 5



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