WVU Kicks Off Little Rock Classic

  • By Christopher Pharis
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  • September 23, 2016 10:20 PM
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Morgantown, W.Va.  – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team opened the Little Rock Classic on Friday with a pair of doubles and singles victories.  
“We saw good things from the doubles teams of Kaja (Mrgole) and Lyn Yuen (Choo) and Habiba (Shaker) and Christina (Jordan),” fourth-year coach Miha Lisac said. “In singles, Habiba and Lyn Yuen had a solid match performance. We are looking to step-up tomorrow and sustain some of the good things as well as build and make corrections in tomorrow’s matches.”
In doubles action, the tandem of Kaja Mrgole and Lyn Yuen Choo defeated Arkansas’ Peyton Jennings and Sasha Shkorupeieva 6-2. Mrgole and Choo then fell to TCU’s Seda Arantekin and Caroline Wegner, who are ranked No.18 in the country, by a score of 6-3. After receiving a bye in the first round of the tournament, Habiba Shaker and Christina Jordan beat Kansas’ Tatiana Nicolaeva and Maria Toran Ribes, 6-1. Arkansas’ Ana Oparenovic and Mia Jurasic defeated Yvon Martinez and Paula Goetz 6-2. Martinez and Goetz then fell in heartbreaking fashion to Nikolaeva and Toran Ribes 7-6 (2) on a tiebreaker.
In Flight A singles, Habiba Shaker dropped Mia Jurasic of Arkansas 6-1 and 6-2. Shaker will face No.49 Anastasia Rychagova on Saturday. Christina Jordan fell to No.114 Seda Arantekin. In Flight B, Lyn Yuen Choo defeated Kansas’ Janet Koch 6-1, 6-2. Paula Goetz fell to the Razorback’s Sasha Shkorupeieva 6-4 and 2-1. In Flight C, the Jayhawks Tatiana Nikolaeva dropped Yvon Martinez 6-1, 6-1.
The Little Rock Classic will continue on Saturday with matches starting at 10 a.m. ET, with the tournament wrapping up on Sunday.
A recap of the Saturday’s action will be available on WVUsports.com.
Day 1 Results:
Doubles Bracket:
Mrgole/Choo (WVU) def. Jennings/ Shkorupeieva (UA) – 6-2
No.18 Arantekin/ Wegner (TCU) def. Mrgole/Choo (WVU) - 6-3
Shaker/Jordan (WVU) def. Nicolaeva/ Toran Ribes (KU) - 6-1
Oparenovic/Jurasic def. Martinez/Goetz - 6-2
Nikolaeva/Toran Ribes (KU) def. Martinez/Lewis (WVU) – 7-6 (2)
Singles Competition:
Flight A
Habiba Shaker (WVU) def. Mia Jurasic (UA) 6-1, 6-2
No. 114 Seda Arantekin (TCU) def. Christina Jordan (WVU) – 6-0, 6-0
Flight B
Lyn Yuen Choo (WVU) def. Janet Koch (KU) - 6-1, 6-2
Sasha Shkorupeieva (UA) def. Paula Goetz – 6-4, 2-1
Flight C
Tatiana Nikolaeva (KU) def. Yvon Martinez (WVU) – 6-1, 6-1
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For more information, contact:      
Christopher Pharis, (304) 293-2821