Pirates' Strong Singles Play Highlight Day One of ECU Invitational

Melis Tanik

Nov. 1, 2013

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The ECU women’s tennis team finished up the first day of its final fall tournament, where it hosted UNC Wilmington, Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina, Friday at the River Birch Tennis Center.

The Pirates opened the day with victories in six of their eight singles matches and three of their four doubles matches against Appalachian State.

Playing in flight one, senior Melis Tanik dropped a tough first set, 7-5, to Clare Cox, but rallied back with a 6-3 victory in set two. Tanik then used that momentum to pull out a 10-4 victory in the third-set tiebreak to claim the comeback win.

In flight three, sophomore Nicole LaDuca cruised to a 7-5, 6-2 straight-set victory over Mackenzie Lasure, as senior Neena Wanko outlasted Jessica Thaggard, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8) in a three-set battle in flight five.

Junior Dana Gray and freshman Maria Storozheva and Betsy Zurawel also collected straight-set wins in flights six, seven and eight, respectively. Gray downed Sarah King, 7-5, 6-0, Storozheva defeated Megan Mullen, 6-4, 6-3, and Zurawel took down McKayla Zupan, 7-5, 6-3.

In doubles against the Mountaineers, Tanik and newcomer Michelle Castro cruised over Cox and Zupan, 8-2, in flight two of singles, and Gray and Zurawel teamed up for an 8-3 victory over Thaggard and King in flight four. Wanko and LaDuca led 5-0 in their contest in flight one, before App. State’s duo of Lasure and Gabrielle Wreder were forced to retire with an injury.



The Pirates returned to doubles action in the afternoon against UNCW and Coastal Carolina. ECU went winless against the Seahawks, but split two of its four matches against the Chanticleers. Tanik and Castro defeated Kourtney Kowal and Dominique de Wit, 8-3, while Gray and Zurawel took down Amanda Malatek and Mila Majat by a score of 8-4.

East Carolina will wrap up its fall season with the second day of the ECU Invitational tomorrow morning at the River Birch Tennis Center.



Flight 1

Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Clare Cox (Appalachian State), 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4)
Angie Sekely (UNCW) def. Libby Scott (Coastal Carolina), 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (10-5)


Flight 2

Gabrielle Wreder (Appalachian State) def. Michelle Castro (ECU), 6-4, 6-4

Olga Blank (UNCW) def.. Kourtney Kowal (Coastal Carolina), 7-5, 6-2


Flight 3

Nicole LaDuca (ECU) def. Mackenzie Lasure (Appalachian State), 7-5, 6-2

Alyssa Ritchie (UNCW) def. Honami Yazawa (Coastal Carolina), 6-2, 6-1


Flight 4

Brianna Armellino (Appalachian State) def. Emily Groeneveld (ECU), 6-3, 6-0

Christine Kharkevitch (UNCW) def. Marie Babayan (Coastal Carolina), 6-0, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)


Flight 5

Neena Wanko (ECU) def. Jessica Thaggard (Appalachian State), 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)

Romane Delay (Coastal Carolina) def. Hamilton Lovett (UNCW), 6-7. 6-3, 1-0 (10-5)


Flight 6

Dana Gray (ECU) def. Sarah King (Appalachian State), 7-5, 6-0

Amanda Malatek (Coastal Carolina) def. Miller Hales (UNCW), 6-3, 7-5


Flight 7

Maria Storozheva (ECU) def. Megan Mullen (Appalachian State), 6-4, 6-3

Hollie Champion (UNCW) def. Mila Majtan (Coastal Carolina), 6-4, 6-4


Flight 8

Betsy Zurawel (ECU) def. McKayla Zupan (Appalachian State), 7-5, 6-3

Alix Theodossiou (UNCW) def. Dominique de Wit (Coastal Carolina), 6-1, 6-0



Flight 1

Neena Wanko/Nicole Laduca(ECU) def. Mackenzie Lasure/Gabrielle Wreder (Appalachian State), 5-0, ret. Inj.

Libby Scott/Honami Yazawa (Coastal Carolina) def. Neena Wanko/Nicole Laduca (ECU), 8-3

Alyssa Ritchie/Angie Sekely (UNCW) def. Neena Wanko/Nicole Laduca (ECU), 8-4


Flight 2

Melis Tanik/Michelle Castro (ECU) def. MaKayla Zupan/Clare Cox (Appalachian State), 8-2

Melis Tanik/Michelle Castro (ECU) vs. Kourtney Kowal/Dominique de Wit (Coastal Carolina), 8-3

Kelly Cameron/Miller Hales (UNCW) def. Melis Tanik/Michelle Castro (ECU), 8-3

Kelly Cameron/Miller Hales (UNCW) def. MaKayla Zupan/Clare Cox (Appalachian State), 8-4

Kourtney Kowal/Dominique de Wit (Coastal Carolina) def. MaKayla Zupan/Clare Cox (Appalachian State), 8-2

Flight 3

Brianna Armellino/Megan Mullen (Appalachian State) def. Emily Groeneveld/Maria Storozheva (ECU), 8-5

Marie Babayan/Romane Delay (Coastal Carolina) def. Emily Groeneveld/Maria Storozheva (ECU), 8-7 (7-3)

Olga Blank/Hollie Champion (UNCW) def. Emily Groeneveld/Maria Storozheva (ECU), 8-2

Olga Blank/Hollie Champion (UNCW) def. Brianna Armellino/Megan Mullen (Appalachian State), 8-6

Marie Babayan/Romane Delay (Coastal Carolina) def. Brianna Armellino/Megan Mullen (Appalachian State), 8-6


Flight 4

Dana Gray/Betsy Zurawel (ECU) def. Jessica Thaggard/Sarah King (Appalachian State), 8-3

Dana Gray/Betsy Zurawel (ECU) def. Amanda Malatek/Mila Majat (Coastal Carolina), 8-4

Hamilton Lovett/Alix Theodossiou (UNCW) def. Dana Gray/Betsy Zurawel (ECU), 8-2

Hamilton Lovett/Alix Theodossiou (UNCW) def. Jessica Thaggard/Sarah King (Appalachian State), 8-2

Amanda Malatek/Mila Majat (Coastal Carolina) def. Jessica Thaggard/Sarah King (Appalachian State), 8-3