ECU Women's Tennis Closes Out Fall Season

Neena Wanko

Nov. 2, 2013


GREENVILLE, N.C. – The East Carolina women’s tennis team closed the book on its 2013 fall season with six wins across eight singles flights on the final day of the ECU Invitational Saturday afternoon at the River Birch Tennis Center.

Melis Tanik and Michelle Castro both split a pair of singles matches in flight one and flight two, respectively, while Emily Groeneveld did the same thing in flight four. All three players defeated players from Coastal Carolina in straight sets in their first matches of the day, as Tanik downed Libby Scott, 7-5, 6-4, Castro beat Kourtney Kowal, 6-4, 6-3, and Groeneveld took down Marie Babayan, 6-1, 6-1.

Neena Wanko and Dana Gray also posted straight-set victories over the Chanticleers, as both scored 6-4, 6-4 wins against Romane Delay and Amanada Malatek in flights six and seven, respectively.

Closing out the night, Betsy Zurawel found herself as the last match on the court against UNC Wilmington’s Miller Hales, as the sun went down and the lights came on. Zurawel eased to a 6-2 first-set win, but dropped the second set by the same count. She went on to outlast Hales, 10-7, in a third-set tiebreaker to seal the victory.

The Pirates will return to action Jan. 18, 2014 when they open the dual-match season at William & Mary.


Flight 1

Libby Scott (Coastal Carolina) def. Melis Tanik (ECU), 7-5, 6-4



Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Angie Sekely (UNCW), 6-3, 6-3


Flight 2

Michelle Castro (ECU) def. Kourtney Kowal (Coastal Carolina), 6-4, 6-3

Alyssa Ritchie (UNCW) def. Michelle Castro (ECU), 6-4, 6-0


Flight 3

Honami Yazawa (Coastal Carolina) def. Nicole LaDuca (ECU), 6-4, 6-4

Alyssa Ritchie (UNCW) def. Scarlett Walston (ECU), 6-4, 6-1

Honami Yazawa (Coastal Carolina) vs. Scarlett Walston (ECU), 6-4, 6-4

Olga Blank (UNCW) def. Nicole LaDuca (ECU), 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)


Flight 4

Emily Groeneveld (ECU) def. Marie Babayan (Coastal Carolina), 6-1, 6-1

Kelly Cameron (UNCW) def. Emily Groeneveld (ECU), 6-3, 6-3


Flight 5

Neena Wanko (ECU) def. Romane Delay (Coastal Carolina), 6-4, 6-4

Christine Kharkevitch (UNCW) def. Neena Wanko (ECU), 6-4, 6-4


Flight 6

Dana Gray (ECU) def. Amanda Malatek (Coastal Carolina), 6-4, 6-4

Hollie Champion (UNCW) def. Dana Gray (ECU), 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8)


Flight 7

Mila Majtan (Coastal Carolina) def. Maria Storozheva (ECU), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)

Hamilton Lovett (UNCW) def. Maria Storozheva (ECU), 7-6(3), retired


Flight 8

Betsy Zurawel (ECU) def. Dominique de Wit (Coastal Carolina), 2-6, 2-2 retired

Betsy Zurawel (ECU) def. Miller Hales (UNCW), 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7)

Karling Watson (ECU) def. McKayla Zupan (Appalachian State), 6-3, 0-1 retired