Pirates Top N.C. Central 6-1 For First Victory
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.
EAST CAROLINA 6, N.C. CENTRAL 1
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
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