Doubles Point Lifts Pirates Past Appalachian State 4-3

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Jan. 19, 2013

Final Stats

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Senior tandem Danielle Terpko and Yilian Zhang's 8-6 victory over Jennifer Ansari and Claire Cox in a No. 2 doubles match earned the Pirates' opening point that eventually proved to be the difference in East Carolina's season-opening 4-3 non-conference women's tennis win over Appalachian State Saturday afternoon at the ECU Tennis Complex.

The Mountaineers, who defeated North Carolina A&T 7-0 in their opener Friday, fell to 1-1.

Terpko and Zhang's clinching triumph followed an 8-3 decision posted by Nicole LaDuca and Neena Wanko against Mackenzie LaSure and Ellie Linsell at the No. 1 slot.

In singles play, the Pirates picked up victories at the No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 positions as Zhang rolled past Ansari (6-0, 6-1), Melis Tanik blanked Brianna Armellino (6-0, 6-0) and Terpko dismissed Gabby Gabriel (6-3, 6-4), respectively.

Appalachian State used wins by Linsell over Wanko (6-3, 7-5) at No. 1, Cox over LaDuca (6-3, 6-2) at No. 3 and Jessica Thaggard over Dana Gray (7-6, 6-1) at No. 6 to capture the other three matches.

The Pirates will return to action on Jan. 31 when they travel to Raleigh to battle NC State beginning at 4 p.m.

EAST CAROLINA 4, APPALACHIAN STATE 3
Singles Play
No. 1 - Ellie Linsell (ASU) def. Neena Wanko (ECU) 6-3, 7-5
No. 2 - Yilian Zhang (ECU) def. Jennifer Ansari (ASU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 3 - Claire Cox (ASU) def. Nicole LaDuca (ECU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 - Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Brianna Armellino (ASU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 - Danielle Terpko (ECU) def. Gabby Gabriel (ASU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 - Jessica Thaggard (ASU) def. Dana Gray (ECU) 7-6, 6-1
Order of Finish: 4, 2, 1, 5, 3, 6
Doubles Play
No. 1 - LaDuca/Wanko (EcU) def. Mackenzie LaSure/Linsell (ASU) 8-3
No. 2 - Terpko/Zhang (ECU) def. Ansari/Cox (ASU) 8-6
No. 3 - Gray/Tanik (ECU) vs. Armellino/Gabriela Celi (ASU) did not finish
Order of Finish: 1, 2
Team Records: Appalachian State 1-1, East Carolina 1-0