Freshman Michelle Castro
Jan. 24, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The East Carolina women’s tennis team was defeated, 7-0, Friday evening at 47th-ranked NC State in a non-conference matchup held in the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.
ECU (0-2) struggled to get it going in doubles play, as the No. 2 doubles unit comprised of Dana Gray and Maria Storozheva fell, 6-0, to the Wolfpack’s Joelle Kissell and Sophie Nelson. The Pirates surrendered the doubles point and fell behind 1-0 in the overall match with a 6-3 setback in the No. 3 doubles match, after Melis Tanik and Emily Groeneveld dropped a 6-3 decision to Liza Fieldsend and Rachael James-Baker.
Singles play didn’t change ECU’s fortune where North Carolina State (2-0) won all six matchups in straight sets. Groeneveld was defeated, 6-3, 6-2, by Fieldsend in the No. 4 spot, LaDuca was dispatched, 6-0, 6-2, in the No. 3 spot by Martinez and Tanik was outlasted, 6-1. 6-0, by Kissell on court one as NC State took a 4-0 lead to clinch the overall match.
The Wolfpack continued to sink its teeth into the Pirates, as James-Baker took down Castro, 7-5, 6-3, at the No. 2 spot, before Hande pushed past Storozheva Storozheva, 6-0, 6-4, on court five and Gray fell victim to Christy Sipes, 6-2, 6-4, on court six.
East Carolina will host Davidson in its home opener next Saturday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m.