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Pirates Top N.C. Central 6-1 For First Victory

Go Tigers! Yilian Zhang picked up wins in both singles and doubles play against N.C. Central.
Go Tigers!
Yilian Zhang picked up wins in both singles and doubles play against N.C. Central.
Go Tigers!

Feb. 10, 2012

DURHAM, N.C. - East Carolina picked up its first victory of the 2012 campaign Friday, downing N.C. Central by a 6-1 score at the NCCU Tennis Courts.

The triumph improves the Pirates' early-season record at 1-3 while the Eagles fall to 1-3 with their second-straight loss.

ECU opened the proceedings by earning the doubles point and taking a 1-0 lead. Danielle Terpko and Yilian Zhang posted 7-7 (5) tiebreaker victory over Cameron Chatman and Oleysa Palko before Renata Bakieva and Natalie Collins clinched the point by defeating Ekaterina Nekrasova and Rebecca Wood by an 8-6 count.

The Pirates then cruised to the victory by taking five of the six singles bouts, including a default win at the No. 6 position. Freshman Dana Gray, playing at No. 5, turned in the top singles performance for East Carolina by downing Julia Aguilar in straight sets without dropping a game.

In the other matchups, Zhang topped Palko at the No. 1 position 6-4, 6-3 before Bakieva scored a 6-3, 7-5 win at the No. 2 which would turn out to be the clincher. Collins made quick work of Nekrasova 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 3 while Terpko suffered ECU's only loss of the evening 6-2, 7-5 to Wood at No. 4. Additionally, Abby Richmond won the No. 6 match by default.

The Pirates continue play tomorrow, traveling to Greensboro for a pair of matches with UNC Greensboro and North Carolina A&T. ECU will take on the Spartans at 10 a.m. before facing the Aggies at 3 p.m.



Singles Play
No. 1 - Yilian Zhang (ECU) def. Oleysa Palko (NCCU) 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 - Renata Bakieva (ECU) def. Cameron Chatman (NCCU) 6-3, 7-5
No. 3 - Natalie Collins (ECU) def. Ekaterina Nekrasova (NCCU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 - Rebecca Wood (NCCU) def. Danielle Terpko (ECU) 6-2, 7-5
No. 5 - Dana Gray (ECU) def. Julia Aguilar (NCCU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 - Abby Richmond (ECU) won by default
Doubles Play
No. 1 - Terpko/Zhang (ECU) def. Chatman/Palko (NCCU) 8-8 (5)
No. 2 - Bakieva/Collins (ECU) def. Nekrasova/Wood (NCCU) 8-6
No. 3 - Gray/Richmond (ECU) won by default
Team Records: East Carolina 1-3, N.C. Central 1-3