Spiders Climb Past Lady Pirates, 4-3

UABSPORTS.COM Renata Bakieva
Renata Bakieva

April 3, 2012

GREENVILLE, N.C. - For the second time in as many meetings, Richmond rallied back after dropping the doubles point and used Joanna Matuszczyk's 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 victory over Natalie Collins in a No. 1 singles match to earn a 4-3 non-conference win over East Carolina Tuesday afternoon at the ECU Tennis Complex.

The Spiders improved to 9-3 with the triumph, while the setback dropped the Lady Pirates' record to 7-12.

ECU used victories by tandems Dana Gray and Neena Wanko at the No. 2 position and Renata Bakieva and Collins at No. 3 to capture the doubles point. Gray and Wanko upped their record to 4-5 after posting an 8-6 win over Nil Horoz and Matuszczyk while Bakieva and Collins extended their team-best spring pairs mark to 7-5 after defeating Mariana Arana and Elizabeth Sims 8-5.

After Richmond opened singles play with victories at the No. 4 and No. 6 slots to take a 2-1 lead, Danielle Terpko helped ECU pull even by dismissing Alexandra Smyth 7-6, 6-2 at No. 5. The Lady Pirates and Spiders followed by splitting a pair of three-set battles, which included Bakieva's 2-6, 7-6, 7-5 triumph over Sims in a No. 2 matchup, before Matuszczyk outlasted Collins to clinch the team victory

After facing Mount Olive in the nightcap of its doubleheader late Tuesday night, East Carolina will return to action Friday when it travels to South Carolina State for a 10:00 a.m. match in Orangeburg.

Singles Play
No. 1 - Joanna Matuszczyk (UR) def. Natalie Collins (ECU) 6-2, 6-7, 6-4
No. 2 - Renata Bakieva (ECU) def. Elizabeth Sims (UR) 2-6, 7-6, 7-5
No. 3 - Helen Cunningham (UR) def. Neena Wanko (ECU) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6
No. 4 - Nil Horoz (UR) def. Yilian Zhang (ECU) 7-6, 6-3
No. 5 - Danielle Terpko (ECU) def. Alexandra Smyth (UR) 7-6, 6-2
No. 6 - Mariana Arana (UR) def. Abby Richmond (ECU) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles Play
No. 1 - Cunningham/Smyth (UR) def. Terpko/Zhang (ECU) 8-5
No. 2 - Dana Gray/Wanko (ECU) def. Horoz/Matuszczyk (UR) 8-6
No. 3 - Bakieva/Collins (ECU) def. Arana/Sims 8-5
Team Records: Richmond 9-3, East Carolina 7-12