MORGANTOWN, W.Va – The West Virginia University women’s tennis recorded wins in a pair of doubles matches as well as a singles match on the second day of the William & Mary Tribe Invitational in Williamsburg, Virginia, on September 17.
“We saw positive things today in the morning doubles and singles play,” fourth-year coach Miha Lisac said. “We played fairly consistent in doubles, and that was a good step for us.”
WVU opened the day with a doubles match against in-state rival Marshall, where the Mountaineers won two of three matches against the Thundering Herd. Lyn Yuen Choo
and Kaja Mrgole
defeated Maddie Silver and Rachael Morales at No. 2 doubles by a score of 8-2. Yvon Martinez
and Carolina Lewis
beat the Thundering Herd’s Anna Pomyantinskaya and Nikola Novackova, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles. Christina Jordan
and Habiba Shaker
fell to Marshall’s Stephanie Smith and Derya Turhan, 8-5, in the No. 1 slot.
The Mountaineers then took on Maryland in a singles match. Sophomore Yvon Martinez
defeated Maryland’s Saya Usui in two sets, 6-2, 6-4. Martinez was the lone victor for the Mountaineers as WVU fell in four of the five matches to the Terrapins. Lyn Yuen Choo
narrowly lost to Cassandre Thebault in three sets in a tiebreaker (6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (6)) in the No. 1 spot. Maryland’s Ekaterina Tour defeated Habiba Shaker
7-5 and 6-2. Freshman Christina Jordan
also lost in two sets to Alexandra Stanova 6-2 and 6-3. The Terrapins’ Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka defeated Carolina Lewis
at No. 4 in three sets 5-7, 6-3 and 6-4.
WVU closed out day two with a doubles match against Old Dominion, dropping three contests to the Monarchs. Kaja Mrgole
and Christina Jordan
were defeated by Holly Hutchinson and Nataliya Vlasova, 8-0. Lyn Yuen Choo
and Habiba Shaker
lost to Adrianna Rajkovic and Ingrid Vojcinakova in a close 8-6 decision. The tandem of Yvon Martinez
and Abby Rosiello were lost 8-1 to the Monarchs’ Borislava Botusharov and Marijana Novakovic
The Mountaineers will wrap up the William & Mary Tribe Invitational on Sunday as they take on Liberty in a singles match at the Millie West Tennis Facility. The Mountaineers won two of four contests against the Flames in doubles action on Friday.
A recap of the Sunday’s action will be available on WVUsports.com.
West Virginia vs. Marshall Doubles
Smith/Turhan (Marshall) def. Jordan/Shaker (WVU) – 8-5
Choo/Mrgole (WVU) def. Silver/Morales (Marshall) – 8-4
Martinez/Lewis (WVU) def. Pomyatinskaya/Novackova (Marshall) – 8-2
Old Dominion vs. West Virginia Doubles
Hutchinson/Vlasova (ODU) def. Mrgole/Jordan (WVU) – 8-0
Rajkovic/Vojcinakova (ODU) def. Choo/Shaker (WVU) – 8-6
Botusharova/Novakovic (ODU) def. Martinez/Rosiello (WVU) – 8-1
Maryland vs. West Virginia Singles
Kristina Hovsepyan (Maryland) def. Kaja Mrgole
(WVU) – 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2
Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka (Maryland) def. Carolina Lewis
(WVU) – 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
Cassandre Thebault (Maryland) def. Lyn Yuen Choo
(WVU) – 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (6)