Tennis Finishes Day Two at Akron

  • By Jonathan Hevron
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  • October 05, 2013 05:42 PM
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AKRON, Ohio – West Virginia University tennis continued the Akron Invitational today with a win in both singles and doubles play.

“We continued to show some good things,” says coach Miha Lisac. “If we continue to do the right things throughout the remainder of this tournament, then we will take that as a success.”

The Mountaineers opened the day with doubles against Akron. Sophomore Hailey Barrett and junior Ikttesh Chahal dropped their second match of the tournament, falling to the Zips’ Olga Shkundina and Ksenia Berestetska, 8-5. In the second match, freshmen tandem Kaja Mrgole and Oana Manole earned their first victory as a pair, defeating Caroline Harpaintner and Madison Cohen, 8-4.

WVU faced off against Ohio State in the afternoon singles session. In the No. 1 slot, Barrett took the Buckeyes’ Gaby DeSantis to a tiebreak in the first set, but was unable to pull it out, 6-5 (6). She then stumbled in the second set, 6-1.

Playing in the No. 2 position, Chahal was bested by Mho Kowase in straight sets, 6-2, 6-5 (5). Sophomore Vivian Tsui was unable to rebound from yesterday’s loss, going down in straight sets to Grainne O’Neill, 6-2, 6-4, in the No. 3 slot.

The Mountaineer’s singles victory came in the No. 4 match between Mrgole and Noelle Malley. Mrgole captured the first set after winning a tiebreaker, 6-5 (4), and then dominated the second set, 6-0. She has a team-high four singles victories this fall.

Manole closed out the day for WVU against OSU’s Ferny Angeles Paz. Manole battled through two sets, but was unable to pull out either, falling 6-4, 6-5 (4).

The Mountaineers will conclude play at the Akron Invite tomorrow, Oct. 6, with singles play against Cornell at 9 a.m. and doubles against the Buckeyes at noon.