April 4, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina did not drop a set in all six singles matches and used a pair of decisive doubles wins to earn a 7-0 non-conference triumph over Mount Olive late Tuesday night at the ECU Tennis Complex.
The victory, which followed a five-hour marathon match that resulted in a 4-3 setback to the University of Richmond earlier in the day, improved the Lady Pirates' record to 8-12. The Trojans suffered only their fourth loss of the year in 19 outings.
ECU opened play by capturing the doubles point, using 8-3 and 8-4 decisions at the No. 1 and No. 2 slots. Dana Gray and Neena Wanko defeated Molly Lentini and Pietra Viana, while Renata Bakieva and Abby Richmond downed Marine Becker and Patricia Guedes before Mount Olive halted the sweep with an 8-5 win at No. 3.
The Lady Pirates turned in a dominating performance in the singles competition, posting straight-set triumphs in all six matchups. Junior Yilian Zhang sparked East Carolina's run from the outset, cruising past Lentini 6-1, 6-0 in a No. 2 meeting.
In other action, Natalie Collins bounced back from a disappointing three-set loss against the Spiders by besting Becker 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1, Danielle Terpko won her third-straight match by handling Francesca Ceppi 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3, Richmond rolled to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Viana at No. 4, Gray dispatched Samara Paldinho 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5 and Karling Watson earned her second career victory in as many opportunities by a 6-3, 6-2 count at No. 6
East Carolina will return to action Friday when it travels to South Carolina State for a 10:00 a.m. match in Orangeburg.
EAST CAROLINA 7, MOUNT OLIVE 0
No. 1 - Natalie Collins (ECU) def. Marine Becker (MOC) 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 - Yilian Zhang (ECU) def. Molly Lentini (MOC) 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 - Danielle Terpko (ECU) def. Francesca Ceppi (MOC) 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 - Abby Richmond (ECU) def. Pietra Viana (MOC) 6-1, 6-3
No. 5 - Dana Gray (ECU) def. Samara Paldinho (MOC) 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 - Karling Watson (ECU) def. Patricia Guedes (MOC) 6-3, 6-2
No. 1 - Gray/Neena Wanko (ECU) def. Lentini/Viana (MOC) 8-3
No. 2 - Renata Bakieva/Richmond (ECU) def. Becker/Guedes (MOC) 8-4
No. 3 - Ceppi/Paldinho (MOC) def. Vanessa Fuleihan/Watson (ECU) 8-5
Team Records: Mount Olive 15-4, East Carolina 8-12