April 13, 2013
ELON, N.C. - Elon, ranked No. 67 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Poll, won four of its six singles matches in straight sets and garnered the doubles point during a 7-0 non-conference victory over East Carolina at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center Saturday afternoon.
The Phoenix (19-3), winners of eight straight, clinched the doubles point to open play by virtue of a pair of 8-4 victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Frida Jansaker and Jordan Johnson downed Nicole LaDuca and Neena Wanko at the top slot before Briana Berne and Taylor Casey handed Abby Richmond and Danielle Terpko a setback for a 1-0 lead.
LaDuca and Yilian Zhang each pushed their respective singles matches to a third set but fell to Berne (7-5, 6-7, 10-8) and Bryn Khoury (6-2, 3-6, 10-7) at No. 5 and No. 3, respectively. After Taylor Casey's 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Richmond at No. 6 and Barbora Lazarova's 6-1, 6-2 win over Terpko at No. 4, Elon moved to a 4-0 advantage and secured the team victory when Jansaker dismissed Melis Tanik 6-0, 6-4 in a No. 2 meeting.
East Carolina (12-11) will now prepare for the Conference USA Championship Tournament, which begins Thursday, April 18 on the University of Houston campus.
NO. 67 ELON 7, EAST CAROLINA 0
No. 1 - Jordan Johnston (ELON) def. Neena Wanko (ECU) 6-3, 7-6
No. 2 - Frida Jansaker (ELON) def. Melis Tanik (ECU) 6-0, 6-4
No. 3 - Bryn Khoury (ELON) def. Yilian Zhang (ECU) 6-2, 3-6, 10-7
No. 4 - Barbora Lazarova (ELON) def. Danielle Terpko (ECU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 - Briana Berne (ELON) def. Nicole LaDuca (ECU) 7-5, 6-7, 10-8
No. 6 - Taylor Casey (ELON) def. Abby Richmond (ECU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 - Jansaker/Johnston (ELON) def. LaDuca/Wanko (ECU) 8-4
No. 2 - Tanik/Zhang (ECU) vs. Maria Camara Ruiz/Viviana Stavreva (ELON) 8-8, did not finish
No. 3 - Berne/Casey (ELON) def. Richmond/Terpko (ECU) 8-4
Team Records: East Carolina 12-11, Elon 19-3