MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team was defeated by No. 49 VCU, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
“Despite what the score looked like, today was the first time during my time at WVU that we had our top four of lineup competing hard,” Samara said. “Our top four girls fought for each and every point during their matches. They fed off of each other’s in-match energy, especially the energy that Emily Mathis
In doubles play, the Mountaineers earned a victory at the No. 2 spot, as Audrey Wooland
and Mathis defeated Salome Kvitashvili and Olga Terteac, 8-5. Following WVU’s win at No. 2 doubles, the Rams were able to lock up the doubles points with victories at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles.
“Emily and Audrey did a good job of getting a win at No. 2 doubles,” Samara said. “We had a chance to get the doubles point, but we didn’t play as well as we did yesterday in doubles. We were consistent, but we weren’t able to execute during the crucial points in the match.”
With VCU (8-3) carrying a 1-0 lead into singles play, the Mountaineers looked to regain momentum following doubles play.
With each of its top four players on the court simultaneously, WVU’s Mathis gave the team a boost, as she scored a 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Rams’ Olga Barscheuskaya.
“Emily played and battled just like she always does,” Samara said. “She showed everyone what college tennis is supposed to look like. Each of the other three players fed off of the energy she provided on the court.”
In the remaining matches, VCU got wins at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles, while the Mountaineers retired at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions.
“Today may be a turning point for our top four players,” Samara said. “Each one of them looked like they genuinely wanted to make a change in the way that we conduct ourselves on the court. They competed hard. Despite what the scores may show, they played with pride and determination.
“We were not pleased with what we saw at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, and with the match clinched at this point, we decided to pull our players off the court.”
WVU (1-5) returns to action next Saturday, as it travels to State College, Pa., for a matchup against No. 48 Penn State.ResultsSingles
No. 1: Cindy Chala (VCU) def. Audrey Wooland
(WVU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 2: Josefin Hjertquist (VCU) def. Hailey Barrett
(WVU), 6-4, 6-0
No. 3: Salome Kvitashvili (VCU) def. Ikttesh Chahal
(WVU), 6-1, 6-0
No. 4: Emily Mathis
(WVU) def. Olga Barscheuskaya (VCU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 5: Yukako Noi (VCU) def. Vivian Tsui
(WVU), 6-3, 1-0, ret.
No. 6: Karina Alesha (VCU) def. Irinka Toidze
(WVU), 4-1, ret.Doubles
No. 1: Hjertquist/Chala (VCU) def. Barrett/Chahal (WVU) 8-3
No. 2: Mathis/Wooland (WVU) def. Kvitashvili/Terteac, 8-5
No. 3: Barscheuskaya/Alesha (VCU) def. Toidze/Tsui (WVU), 8-3