East Carolina Nipped By S.C. State, 4-3

Melis Tanik

March 23, 2013

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Laura Bosneag and Victoria Khatcei's 9-8 victory over Dana Gray and Danielle Terpko in a No. 3 doubles match earned the Bulldogs' the opening point before Bosneag added the match clincher in a three-set No. 6 singles battle to lift South Carolina State to a 4-3 non-conference win over East Carolina Saturday afternoon at the ECU Tennis Complex.

After the Pirates (10-6) used Melis Tanik and Yilian Zhang's 8-2 triumph over Katarina Barborikova and Kateryna Nakonechna to begin doubles play at No. 2, the Bulldogs (10-4) quickly drew even when Maria Craciun and Klara Dohnalovawhen downed Nicole LaDuca and Neena Wanko 8-3 in a No. 1 meeting.

East Carolina opened singles action by taking three of the first five matches to pull into a 3-3 tie, but Bosneag rallied back from a second set loss to outlast Abby Richmond 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 at No. 6 and secure the team win for SCSU.

Tanik pushed her team-best spring singles mark to 11-4 with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Barborikova at No. 2 and Zhang followed with a 6-4, 6-1 decision over Nakonechna at No. 3 to give the Pirates a brief edge before the Bulldogs countered with consecutive victories at No. 1 and 4. After dropping the first set, ECU's LaDuca fought past Khatcei 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in a No. 5 matchup to precede Bosneag's match-decider.

The Pirates were scheduled to meet North Carolina Central in the nightcap of a split doubleheader, but that match was cancelled because of inclement weather and subsequent facility availability issues.

East Carolina will wrap up its brief homestand Friday by hosting Conference USA foe UCF at the ECU Tennis Complex beginning at 10 a.m.



Singles Play
No. 1 - Maria Craciun (SCSU) def. Neena Wanko (ECU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 - Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Katarina Barborikova (SCSU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 - Yilian Zhang (ECU) def. Kateryna Nakonechna (SCSU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 - Klara Dohnalova (SCSU) def. Danielle Terpko (ECU) 6-4, 7-5
No. 5 - Nicole LaDuca (ECU) def. Victoria Khatcei (SCSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
No. 6 - Laura Bosneag (SCSU) def. Abby Richmond (ECU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles Play
No. 1 - Craciun/Dohnalova (SCSU) def. LaDuca/Wanko (ECU) 8-3
No. 2 - Tanik/Zhang (ECU) def. Barborikova/Nakonechna (SCSU) 8-2
No. 3 - Bosneag/Khatcei (SCSU) def. Dana Gray/Terpko (ECU) 9-8
Team Records: South Carolina State 10-4, East Carolina 10-6