ETSU TOPS WOMEN'S TENNIS

Score: East Tennessee State 5, VCU 2

Date: March 24, 2017

Location: Richmond, Va. (Thalhimer Tennis Center)

Records: VCU 11-3, East Tennessee State 8-9

The short story: VCU had its win streak halted at nine matches with a 5-2 loss against East Tennessee State on Saturday.

OPENING SERVE

  • Freshman Paola Exposito Diaz Delgado and sophomore Noumea Witmus led 5-3 at No. 2 doubles, but the match went unfinished with the Bucs clinched the doubles point with victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions.
  • Sophomore Kanako Yano won her third consecutive match, defeating Melissa Esguerra 6-4, 6-0 at No. 5 singles.
  • Witmus battled to a three-set victory at No. 4 singles to cap the day, defeating Alejandra Morales 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.
  • ETSU notched wins at the top three singles positions to clinch the match.

THE RESULTS

Doubles

1- Alory Pereira/Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) def. Anna Rasmussen/Melissa Ifidzhen (VCU)  6-4

2- Paola Exposito Diaz Delgado/Noumea Witmus (VCU) vs. Yi Chi Ma/Melissa Esguerra (ETSU)  5-3 DNF

3- Alejandra Morales/Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSU) def. Kanako Yano/Sofia Sualehe(VCU)  6-4

Order of Finish: 1, 3

Singles

1- Ioanna Markesini (ETSU) def.  Anna Rasmussen (VCU)  6-3, 6-3

2- Alory Pereira (ETSU) def. Paola Exposito Diaz Delgado (VCU) 6-4, 6-3

3- Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSU) def. Marina Alcaide Bakkari (VCU) 6-1, 6-4

4- Noumea Witmus (VCU) def. Alejandra Morales (ETSU)  7-5, 3-6, 7-5

5- Kanako Yano (VCU) def. Melissa Esguerra (ETSU)  6-4, 6-0

6- Yi Chi Ma (ETSU) def. Gabriela Araujo (VCU)  6-0, 3-6, 6-3

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 5, 2, 6, 4

UP NEXT

Pending a reschedule of the postponed home match against Liberty, the Rams will next play in a week when they host Atlantic 10 foe George Washington at Thalhimer Tennis Center at noon.

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