East Carolina Stops George Washington 5-2

Nicole LaDuca

April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Straight-set singles victories by Neena Wanko, Melis Tanik and Nicole LaDuca helped power East Carolina to a 5-2 non-conference win over George Washington at the GW Tennis Center Friday afternoon.

In addition to improving their spring record to 12-8, the Pirates also handed the Colonials (9-6) their first home setback of the season in seven outings.

ECU claimed the opening point by using doubles triumphs at the No. 1 and No. 2 slots. After Tanik and Yilian Zhang evened pairs play by defeating Dorota Lysienia and Lana Robins 8-4, the Pirates' top-seeded tandem of LaDuca and Wanko downed Mimi Hamling and Leah Pascarella 9-7 for an early 1-0 lead.

George Washington tallied its first point with a win at No. 4 before Wanko, Tanik and LaDuca secured the team victory on the strength of the straight-set decisions. Wanko dismissed Pascarella 7-6, 6-0 at No. 1, while Tanik ran her team-best singles record to 15-4 with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Robins at No. 2 and LaDuca battled past Egle Jakuciunaite 6-4, 7-5 in a No. 5 matchup. Zhang closed out the scoring by rallying past Stephanie Wei 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a No. 3 meeting.

The Pirates will play their third match in as many days when they face Georgetown at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Singles Play
No. 1 - Neena Wanko (ECU) def. Leah Pascarella (GW) 7-6, 6-0
No. 2 - Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Lana Robins (GW) 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 - Yilian Zhang (ECU) def. Stephanie Wei (GW) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 - Mimi Hamling (GW) def. Danielle Terpko (ECU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 - Nicole LaDuca (ECU) def. Egle Jakuciunaite (GW) 6-4, 7-5
No. 6 - Christina Carpenter (GW) def. Abby Richmond (ECU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Doubles Play
No. 1 - LaDuca/Wanko (ECU) def. Hamling/Pascarella (GW) 9-7
No. 2 - Tanik/Zhang (ECU) def. Dorota Lysienia/Robins (GW) 8-4
No. 3 - Jakuciunaite/Wei (GW) def. Dana Gray/Terpko (ECU) 8-2
Team Records: East Carolina 12-8, George Washington 9-6