Pittsburgh, Pa. – The West Virginia University women’s tennis team opened the duals season on Saturday with a 6-1 setback at Pitt in the 36th edition of the Backyard Brawl.
“Today, we didn’t have the outcome that we wanted and there are a lot of individual corrections that we can learn from in order to play better tomorrow,” fourth-year coach Miha Lisac said. “However, when we evaluate the team’s performance today, I am happy with the way that we competed in the match. If we have that and if we can sustain that throughout the season we will be alright as a team.”
WVU opened singles play with a win as Habiba Shaker
bested Pitt’s Amber Washington in the No. 1 position, 6-4 and 6-3. The Mountaineers were unable to win the remaining singles matches as senior Kaja Mrgole
fell to Pitt’s Audrey Ann Blakely in three sets, 6-2, 4-6 and 6-4, at the No. 2 slot. Gabriela Rezende defeated Paula Goetz
, 7-5 and 7-5, at No. 3. At No. 4, freshman Christina Jordan
lost to Pitt’s Jovana Knezevic, 6-4 and 6-4. Lyn Yuen Choo
fell to Callie Frey 6-4 and 7-5 at the 5th singles position. At the No. 6 slot, Yvon Martinez
lost a lengthy, three set battle to Clara Lucas 6-4, 5-7 and 11-9.
The Mountaineers were unable to pick up the doubles point, as they were swept by the Panthers in doubles action. In the first position Mrgole and Jordan fell to Pitt’s Washington and Frey in a close match, 7-6 (7-5). The tandem of Shaker and Choo dropped the match Rezende, 7-6 (7-3). In the third slot, Pitt’s Blakely and Lucas bested Goetz and Martinez, 6-4.
WVU will travel to State College, Pennsylvania to take on Penn State on Sunday at the Sarni Tennis Center. The match is slated to start at 11 a.m. ET. A recap of the Sunday’s action will be available on WVUsports.com.
No. 1 – Shaker,Habiba (WVU) def. Amber Washington (UP) - 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 – Audrey Ann Blakely (UP) def. Mrgole,Kaja (WVU) - 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
No. 3 – Gabriela Rezende (UP) def. Goetz,Paula (WVU) - 7-5, 7-5
No. 4 – Jovana Knezevic (UP) def. Jordan,Christina (WVU) - 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 – Callie Frey (UP) def. Choo,Lyn Yuen (WVU) - 6-4, 7-5
No. 6 - Clara Lucas (UP) def. Martinez,Yvon (WVU) - 6-4, 5-7, 11-9
Order of Finish: Doubles (3, 1, 2); Singles (1, 4, 5, 2, 3, 6)