March 11, 2014
HUMACAO, P.R. - Dana Gray and Emily Groeneveld earned pivotal singles wins to lift East Carolina past Seton Hall 4-3 in the opening match and fuel a doubleheader sweep Tuesday afternoon at the Palmas Del Mar Resort.
ECU formally closed out its visit to Puerto Rico with a 7-0 shutout of Robert Morris College (Ill.) in the nightcap to wrap up its spring trip with a perfect 4-0 mark following a pair of triumphs Monday.
The two victories Tuesday also marked the 298th and 299th for head coach Tom Morris during his 16-year tenure directing the Pirate program.
While Gray, a 7-5, 6-2 winner over Madison Shoemaker at No. 5, and Groeneveld, who outlasted Rocio Portela 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 3, provided the clinchers during singles play, Melis Tanik and Betsy Zurawel added a key tie-breaking 8-7 doubles triumph at No. 3 to secure the first point.
Zurawel also added a 6-2, 6-0 singles decision over Julie Martiny at the No. 6 slot to extend the lead before Seton Hall quickly earned tallies for wins at No. 1, No. 4 and No. 2 to set up Gray and Groeneveld's match deciders.
In the finale against the Eagles, ECU's top five singles players combined to post a 60-6 clip and its top two doubles tandems won both matches by an 8-1 count. Maria Storozheva, Dana Gray and Scarlett Walston all recorded straight-set 6-0, 6-0 victories at the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 positions to lead the Pirates.
East Carolina (9-6) will enjoy a 10-day layoff before traveling to Conway, S.C., for a meeting with Coastal Carolina on Friday, March 21. First serve is set for 2 p.m.
EAST CAROLINA 4, SETON HALL 3
No. 1 - Chloe Sher (SHU) def. Michelle Castro (ECU) 6-2, retired
No. 2 - Hannah Liljekvist (SHU) def. Melis Tanik (ECU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 - Emily Groeneveld (ECU) def. Rocio Portela (SHU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
No. 4 - Julia Keenan (SHU) def. Maria Storozheva (ECU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 5 - Dana Gray (ECU) def. Madison Shoemaker (SHU) 7-5, 6-2
No. 6 - Betsy Zurawel (ECU) def. Julie Martiny (SHU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 1 - Portela/Sher (SHU) def. Gray/Storozheva (ECU) 8-2
No. 2 - Castro/Groeneveld (ECU) def. Liljekvist/Shoemaker (SHU) 8-5
No. 3 - Tanik/Zurawel (ECU) def. Anna Guryanova/Keenan (SHU) 8-7 (7-1)
Team Records: East Carolina 8-6, Seton Hall 6-5
EAST CAROLINA 7, ROBERT MORRIS (Ill.) 0
No. 1 - Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Biatriz Miranda (RMC) 6-2 6-2
No. 2 - Maria Storozheva (ECU) def. Stephanie Messina (RMC) 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 - Dana Gray (ECU) def. Rocio Rapallo Fernandez (RMC) 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 - Scarlett Walston (ECU) def. Maria Bellorin (RMC) 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 - Karling Watson (ECU) def. Page Seldal (RMC) 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 - Vanessa Fuleihan (ECU) wins by default
No. 1 - Gray/Storozheva (ECU) def. Fernandez/Messina (RMC) 8-1
No. 2 - Tanik/Walston (ECU) def. Bellorin/Miranda (RMC) 8-1
No. 3 - Fuleihan/Watson (ECU) wins by default
Team Records: East Carolina 9-6, Robert Morris 1-6