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Spiders Use Pairs Point To Edge Pirates 4-3

Go Tigers! Yilian Zhang
Go Tigers!
Yilian Zhang
Go Tigers!

April 4, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. - Melissa Kandinata and Katya Salas' 8-5 victory over Nicole LaDuca and Neena Wanko in a No. 1 doubles match earned Richmond's opening point that eventually proved to be the difference in the Spiders' 4-3 non-conference women's tennis win over East Carolina Thursday afternoon at the Westhampton Tennis Complex.

The loss was ECU's fourth one-point setback of the season and dropped its record to 11-8.

Kandinata and Salas' clinching triumph followed an 8-3 decision posted by Emily Gitman and Anna Abadías Morales against Dana Gray and Danielle Terpko at the No. 3 slot.

In singles play, the Spiders picked up victories at the No. 1 and No. 6 positions to jump out to a 3-0 lead before Melis Tanik tallied the Pirates' initial point with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Elizabeth Sims at No. 2. Yilian Zhang closed the deficit to 3-2 by outlasting Morales 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in a No. 3 matchup, but Richmond used Salas' 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 battle over Terpko at No. 4 to secure the team win.

ECU will continue its three-day, three-match roadswing by traveling to the District of Columbia and meeting George Washington on Friday beginning at 2:30 p.m. before closing out the trip Saturday morning by visiting Georgetown.

RICHMOND 4, EAST CAROLINA 3
Singles Play
No. 1 - Melissa Kandinata (UR) def. Neena Wanko (ECU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 - Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Elizabeth Sims (UR) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 - Yilian Zhang (ECU) def. Anna Abadías Morales (UR) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
No. 4 - Katya Salas (UR) def. Danielle Terpko (ECU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
No. 5 - Nicole LaDuca (ECU) def. Emily Gitman (UR) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0
No. 6 - Alexandra Smyth (UR) def. Dana Gray (ECU) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles Play
No. 1 - Kandinata/Salas (UR) def. LaDuca/Wanko (ECU) 8-5
No. 2 - Sims/Smyth (UR) vs. Tanik/Zhang (ECU) 7-6, did not finish
No. 3 - Gitman/Abadías Morales (UR) def. Gray/Terpko (ECU) 8-3
Team Records: East Carolina 11-8, Richmond 6-11