Feb. 23, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's tennis team extended its home record to 5-1 this season with a pair of non-conference victories Saturday at the ECU Indoor Facility. The Pirates opened the split doubleheader with a 5-0 triumph over Gardner-Webb before closing action by downing Western Carolina 6-1 in the nightcap.
The pair of wins improved ECU's spring dual match record to 7-2 while the Bulldogs and Catamounts dropped to 1-4 and 1-1, respectively.
In the opener against GWU, the Pirates earned the early doubles point and followed by taking all four singles events played to pick up the team victory. Danielle Terpko and Neena Wanko began pair play with an 8-3 decision over Yasmin Doost and Rokia Sacko in a No. 2 matchup before the Bulldogs' Jenny Lunde and Erica White answered with an 8-5 win against Melis Tanik and Yilian Zhang at No. 1. ECU secured the tally via default out of the No. 3 position as Gardner-Webb competed with only five players and was unable to field a tandem.
Tanik, Zhang, Wanko and Terpko were all victorious in singles play at the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 positions, respectively. Tanik cruised past White (6-2, 6-2), Zhang outlasted Doost (6-2, 6-7, 1-0), Wanko handled Valeriia Popko (6-3, 6-2) and Terpko dismissed Sacko (7-5, 6-4). The No. 5 and No. 6 matches were not played because of the aforementioned GWU personnel shortages.
In the late tilt against Western Carolina, the Pirates claimed five of six singles matches and swept doubles play to extend their win streak to three straight.
After ECU jumped out to a 1-0 lead by posting the pairs point, Tanik handed Karen Jiménez a 6-0, 6-1 loss at No. 2 for the Pirates' second tally. At No. 1, Wanko booked a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Stacia Kissell before Zhang knocked off Sara Ruiz Pajares in the No. 3 meeting (6-3, 6-2) and Abby Richmond dealt Erin Maguire a 6-1, 6-2 setback at No. 6.
Following Terpko's 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 victory over Nicole Nielly at No. 4, Western Carolina picked up its only win of the match when Shannon Bettiol rallied back from a first-set loss to Karling Watson and recorded a 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 triumph in a No. 5 matchup.
The Pirates will return to action next Saturday by traveling to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The Tar Heels are the nation's No. 1-ranked squad in the latest ITA poll after recently capturing the ITA National Team Indoor Championships by defeating top-seeded UCLA, 4-3.
EAST CAROLINA 5, GARDNER-WEBB 0
No. 1 - Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Erica White (GWU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 - Yilian Zhang (ECU) def. Yasmin Doost (GWU) 6-2, 6-7, 1-0
No. 3 - Neena Wanko (ECU) def. Valeriia Popko (GWU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 - Danielle Terpko (ECU) def. Rokia Sacko (GWU) 7-5, 6-4
No. 5 - did not play
No. 6 - did not play
No. 1 - Jenny Lunde/White (GWU) def. Tanik/Zhang (ECU) 8-5
No. 2 - Terpko/Wanko (ECU) def. Doost/Sacko (GWU) 8-3
No. 3 - ECU wins by default
Team Records: Gardner-Webb 1-4, East Carolina 6-2
EAST CAROLINA 6, WESTERN CAROLINA 1
No. 1 - Neena Wanko (ECU) def. Stacia Kissell (WCU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 - Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Karen Jiménez (WCU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 3 - Yilian Zhang (ECU) def. Sara Ruiz Pajares (WCU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 - Danielle Terpko (ECU) def. Nicole Nielly (WCU) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0
No. 5 - Shannon Bettiol (WCU) def. Karling Watson (ECU) 4-6, 7-6, 1-0
No. 6 - Abby Richmond (ECU) def. Erin Maguire (WCU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 1 - Tanik/Zhang (ECU) def. Bettiol/Nielly (WCU) 8-4
No. 2 - Richmond/Wanko (ECU) def. Jiménez/Kissell (WCU) 8-4
No. 3 - Dana Gray/Terpko (ECU) def. Maguire/Ruiz Pajares (WCU) 8-3
Team Records: Western Carolina 1-1, East Carolina 7-2