March 19, 2013
LYNCHBURG, Va. - After suffering a doubles sweep, No. 72 East Carolina used Yilian Zhang's 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Brittany Yang in a No. 3 singles battle to cap a comeback that resulted in a 4-3 non-conference victory over Liberty Tuesday afternoon at the Hershey-Esbenshade Tennis Courts.
The triumph improved the Pirates' spring record to 9-5 while the Lady Flames had their four-match win streak snapped while falling to 6-6.
Liberty opened the match by taking the doubles point with 8-3 victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Jessie Boda and Yang downed Melis Tanik and Zhang 8-3 at No. 2 before Rebekah Jenkins and Nicola Wellman dismissed Nicole LaDuca and Neena Wanko at No. 1 for an early 1-0 edge
In singles play, Wanko quickly evened the score with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Cameron Richard at No. 1. Tanik's similar 6-3, 6-1 victory over Jenkins in a No. 2 meeting was sandwiched between Lady Flames' triumphs at No. 4 and No. 6 to set the stage for ECU's rally.
Trailing 3-2, LaDuca evened the count by defeating Thong 7-5, 6-2 at No. 5 and Zhang followed by overcoming a first-set loss and outlasting Yang for Pirates' second win in their last three outings.
East Carolina will open a four-match homestand Friday by hosting Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. at the ECU Tennis Complex before welcoming South Carolina State (1 p.m.) and North Carolina Central (5 p.m.) for a split doubleheader on Saturday.
No. 72 EAST CAROLINA 4, LIBERTY 3
No. 1 - Neena Wanko (ECU) def. Cameron Richard (LIB) 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 - Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Rebekah Jenkins (LIB) 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 - Yilian Zhang (ECU) def. Brittany Yang (LIB) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
No. 4 - Nicola Wellman (LIB) def. Danielle Terpko (ECU) 0-6, 6-3, retired
No. 5 - Nicole LaDuca (ECU) def. Valerie Thong (LIB) 7-5, 6-2
No. 6 - Annisha Domenech (LIB) def. Abby Richmond (ECU) 7-5, 6-1
No. 1 - Jenkins/Wellman (LIB) def. LaDuca/Wanko (ECU) 8-3
No. 2 - Jessie Boda/Yang (LIB) def. Tanik/Zhang (ECU) 8-3
No. 3 - Richard/Thong (LIB) def. Dana Gray/Terpko (ECU) 8-6
Team Records: East Carolina 9-5, Liberty 6-6