Pirates Post Straight-Set Singles Wins In 7-0 Shutout Of Presbyterian

Dana Gray

Feb. 15, 2014

GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's tennis squad captured all six singles matches in straight-set fashion after cruising through doubles play to post a 7-0 non-conference victory over Presbyterian Saturday afternoon at the ECU Indoor Facility.

The triumph, which was the Pirates' third in a row, improved ECU's spring dual match record to 3-2. The Blue Hose fell to 3-3 after suffering their third setback in the last four outings.

ECU's No. 3 tandem of freshman Emily Groeneveld and senior Melis Tanik ran their mark to 4-1 this season with an 8-1 decision over Caroline deLoach and Kayla Stanford to spark doubles play. Freshman Michelle Castro and sophomore Nicole LaDuca sealed the Pirates' opening point with an 8-2 win over Patricia Alves and Madison Utberg at the No. 1 position.

The Pirates turned in a dominating singles performance, notching straight-set triumphs in all six matches to clinch the team victory. Tanik (6-0, 6-0 at No. 1) and junior Dana Gray (6-1, 6-1 at No. 6) set the tone early at both the top and bottom of the lineup for a 3-0 lead. Castro and LaDuca booked 6-2, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-2 wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 slots, respectively, before Groeneveld (6-0, 7-5 at No. 4) and freshman Maria Storozheva (6-4, 6-0 at No. 5) each produced shutout sets during their performances.

East Carolina (3-2) will open a three-match road swing Tuesday by traveling to Buies Creek for a meeting with Campbell beginning at 1:30 p.m.



Singles Play
No. 1 - Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Patricia Alves (PC) 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 - Michelle Castro (ECU) def. Caroline Ferrari (PC) 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 - Nicole LaDuca (ECU) def. Caroline deLoach (PC) 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 - Emily Groeneveld (ECU) def. Madison Utberg (PC) 6-0, 7-5
No. 5 - Maria Storozheva (ECU) def. Lucia Leahy (PC) 6-4, 6-0
No. 6 - Dana Gray (ECU) def. Antonia Conze (PC) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles Play
No. 1 - Castro/LaDuca (ECU) def. Alves/Utberg (PC) 8-2
No. 2 - Gray/Storozheva (ECU) vs. Ferrari/Courtney Gardiner (PC) DNF (5-4)
No. 3 - Groeneveld/Tanik (ECU) def. deLoach/Kayla Stanford (PC) 8-1
Team Records: East Carolina 3-2, Presbyterian 3-3