S.C. State Sneaks Past Lady Pirates 4-3
March 16, 2007
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Gisel Brito and Vesna Popac's 8-5 victory over Luiza Borges and Mireia Gol in a No. 2 doubles match earned the Bulldogs' opening point and eventually proved to be the difference as South Carolina State edged East Carolina 4-3 in non-conference women's tennis action Thursday afternoon.
The Lady Pirates, who saw their three-match winning streak snapped with the setback, dropped to 11-6 on the year while the Bulldogs improved to 14-4.
After SCSU's Mirian Cruz and Marcela Rodezno opened doubles play with an 8-0 win over Anca Dumitru and Brooke Walter at the No. 1 slot, East Carolina evened the ledger when Hannah Priest and Varinia Soler defeated Iveta Blodniece and Yana Lytkina 8-3 at No. 3. Brito and Popac followed with the triumph to give the Bulldogs an early 1-0 team lead.
In singles play, the Lady Pirates picked up victories at the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 positions as Walter outlasted Popac (6-3, 6-7, 6-4), Soler disposed of Blodniece (6-0, 3-6, 6-3) and Priest cruised past Lytkina (6-0, 6-3).
The Bulldogs used wins by Cruz over Dumitru (7-5, 6-2) at No. 1, Rodezno over Borges (6-1, 6-2) at No. 2 and Brito over Gol (4-6, 6-1, 6-2) at No. 3 to capture the other three matches.
The Lady Pirates will be back in action Saturday when it hosts Barton and Mount Olive in a doubleheader at the ECU Tennis Complex beginning at 3:00 p.m.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 4, EAST CAROLINA 3