April 18, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas - Sixth-seeded UCF used two three-set singles wins, including the match clincher, to post a 4-1 first-round victory over East Carolina Thursday afternoon, eliminating the Pirates from the 2013 Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship Tournament at the Galleria Tennis and Athletic Center.
The Knights (14-7), who have captured triumphs in seven of their last nine matches, will advance to the quarterfinals where they will meet No. 3 Memphis Friday. Eleventh-seeded ECU closed out its season with a 12-12 record.
After UCF jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the strength of victories by Genevieve Lorbergs over Neena Wanko (6-2, 7-5) at No. 1 and Josephine Haralson over Yilian Zhang (3-6, 6-1, 6-0) at No. 3, East Carolina trimmed the deficit in half when Melis Tanik cruised past Jenna Doerfler 6-3, 6-4 in a No. 2 meeting.
The triumph pushed Tanik's final record to 17-6, the highest single-season win total by a Pirate since Petra Vogel netted 18 in 2010.
Caroline Eberhart dismissed Danielle Terpko 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 to extend the Knights' lead to 3-1 before Sofia Baptista provided the clincher by outlasting Abby Richmond 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in a No. 6 battle.
The No. 5 singles match featuring ECU's Nicole LaDuca and UCF's Courtney Griffith was discontinued once the Knights secured the victory with their fourth point, per tournament policy. C-USA also elected to reverse the traditional doubles-first format, using pairs play only in the event of a 3-3 deadlock at the completion of singles action.
No. 6 UCF 4, No. 11 EAST CAROLINA 1
No. 1 - Genevieve Lorbergs (UCF) def. Neena Wanko (ECU) 6-2, 7-5
No. 2 - Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Jenna Doerfler (UCF) 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 - Josephine Haraldson (UCF) def. Yilian Zhang (ECU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 - Caroline Eberhart (UCF) def. Danielle Terpko (ECU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 - Courtney Griffith (UCF) vs. Nicole LaDuca (ECU) 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 1-2 unfinished
No. 6 - Sofia Baptista (UCF) def. Abby Richmond (ECU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
No. 1 - Haraldson/Lorbergs (UCF) def. LaDuca/Wanko (ECU) did not play
No. 2 - Eberhart/Griffith (UCF) def. Tanik/Zhang (ECU) did not play
No. 3 - Baptista/Doerfler (UCF) def. Richmond/Terpko (ECU) did not play
Team Records: East Carolina 12-12, UCF 14-7