Feb. 1, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Playing its first home match of the season, the East Carolina women’s tennis team defeated Davidson, 5-2, and earned its first victory of the 2014 season Saturday afternoon.
ECU (1-2) earned a quick doubles victory on court one, where the duo of Michelle Castro and Nicole LaDuca defeated Brites Moniz-Soares and Elaina Cummer, 6-3, to give the Pirates an early advantage in the race for the ever-important doubles point.
East Carolina had a tough time locking up at least one of the final two doubles matches, as Davidson (2-3), pushed the battles on courts two and three to the brink. Emily Groeneveld and Melis Tanik went on to edge out Elise Held and Jenna Brunner, 7-5, in the No. 3 spot to clinch the doubles point, while Dana Gray and Maria Storozheva outlasted Nisha Crouser and Sarah Stein by the same score to complete the sweep.
The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the overall match at the beginning of singles play, as Castro defeated Cummer, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 2 position in the lineup.
The Wildcats cut the ECU advantage in half, 2-1, when Crouser dispatched LaDuca, 6-4, 6-3, in the No. 3 singles match, but Tanik, playing in the No. 1 spot, pulled out a hardfought, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Moniz-Soares to push the Pirate lead to 3-1.
East Carolina clinched the match on court four when Groeneveld made quick work of Stein with a 6-2, 6-2 win. Gray also did not waste much time against her opponent in No. 6 singles, dismantling Held, 6-2, 6-0.
East Carolina 5, Davidson 2
1. Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Brites Moniz-Soares (DAV) 7-5, 6-4
2. Michelle Castro (ECU) def. Elaina Cummer (DAV) 6-3, 6-2
3. Nisha Crouser (DAV) def. Nicole LaDuca (ECU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Emily Groeneveld (ECU) def. Sarah Stein (DAV) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jenna Brunner (DAV) def. Maria Storozheva (ECU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Dana Gray (ECU) def. Elise Held (DAV) 6-2, 6-0
1. Michelle Castro/Nicole LaDuca (ECU) def. Brites Moniz-Soares/Elaina Cummer (DAV) 6-3
2. Dana Gray/Maria Storozheva (ECU) def. Nisha Crouser/Sarah Stein (DAV) 7-5
3. Emily Groeneveld/Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Elise Held/Jenna Brunner (DAV) 7-5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,3,1,4,6,5)