March 25, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's tennis team extended its home record to 6-1 this season with a pair of non-conference victories Friday at the River Birch Tennis Center. The Lady Pirates opened the split doubleheader with a 6-1 triumph over Charlotte before closing action by blanking Mount Olive 7-0 in the nightcap.
The pair of wins improved ECU's spring dual match record to 14-5 while the 49ers and Trojans dropped to 8-10 and 9-5, respectively.
In the opener against Charlotte, East Carolina clinched the early doubles point and followed by taking five of six singles events to earn the team victory. Manon Bissat and Neena Wanko opened pairs play with an 8-3 decision over Emmanuelle Briant and Iveta Guneva in a No. 2 matchup before Jessica Cook and Yilian Zhang secured the tally by downing Anna Ekelund and Gabi Vergara 8-5 at No. 3.
Cook, Wanko, Zhang, Bissat and Petra Vogel were all victorious in singles play at the No. 1, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6 and No. 3 positions,respectively. Cook rallied past Alexandra Zinn (2-6, 7-5, 6-3), Wanko defeated Briant (6-2, 6-0), Zhang handled Ekelund (7-5, 6-3), Bissat outlasted Guneva (6-2, 2-6, 6-3) and Vogel dismissed vergara (6-0, 6-2).
Charlotte booked its lone victory when Andrea Rivera rebounded from an opening set loss and fought past Natalie Collins 6-7, 6-1, 1-0 in a No. 2 battle.
In the late afternoon tilt against Mount Olive, the Lady Pirates claimed six singles matches and three doubles events - winning all of the possible 15 sets in convincing fashion.
After ECU posted the doubles tally, Wanko handed Marine Becker a 6-1, 6-2 loss at No. 1 for the Lady Pirates' second point. At No. 2, Zhang booked a 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Pietra Viana before Bissat knocked off Sofia Medeiros in the No. 3 contest (6-0, 6-1) and Tamara Sachs dealt Camila Kurebayashi a 6-1, 6-2 setback at No. 4.
East Carolina will close a four-match homestand Saturday when it hosts Conference USA rival UCF (10 a.m.) and North Carolina Central (4 p.m.) in a doubleheader at the ECU Tennis Complex.
EAST CAROLINA 6, CHARLOTTE 1
No. 1 - Jessica Cook (ECU) def. Alexandra Zinn (CHA) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
No. 2 - Andrea Rivera (CHA) def. Natalie Collins (ECU) 6-7, 6-1, 1-0
No. 3 - Petra Vogel (ECU) def. Gabi Vergara (CHA) 6-0, 6-2
No. 4 - Neena Wanko (ECU) def. Emmanuelle Briant (CHA) 6-2, 6-0
No. 5 - Yilian Zhang (ECU) def. Anna Ekelund (CHA) 7-5, 6-3
No. 6 - Manon Bissat (ECU) def. Iveta Guneva (CHA) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
No. 1 - Collins/Vogel (ECU) def. Rivera/Zinn (CHA) 9-7
No. 2 - Bissat/Wanko (ECU) def. Briant/Guneva (CHA) 8-3
No. 3 - Cook/Zhang (ECU) def. Ekelund/Vergara (CHA) 8-5
Team Records: Charlotte 8-10, East Carolina 13-5
EAST CAROLINA 7, MOUNT OLIVE 0
No. 1 - Neena Wanko (ECU) def. Marine Becker (MOC) 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 - Yilian Zhang (ECU) def. Pietra Viana (MOC) 6-0, 6-1
No. 3 - Manon Bissat (ECU) def. Sofia Medeiros (MOC) 6-0, 6-1
No. 4 - Tamara Sachs (ECU) def. Camila Kurebayashi (MOC) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 - Abby Richmond (ECU) def. Noelia Mora (MOC) 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 - Kristin Gordon (ECU) def. Patricia Guedes (MOC) 6-1, 6-3
No. 1 - Jessica Cook/Zhang (ECU) def. Medeiros/Viana (MOC) 8-0
No. 2 - Richmond/Sachs (ECU) def. Becker/Guedes (MOC) 8-4
No. 3 - Natalie Collins/Vanessa Fuleihan (ECU) def. Kurebayashi/Mora (MOC) 8-2
Team Records: Mount Olive 9-5, East Carolina 14-5