Lady Pirates Win Five Flights at UNC Charlotte Invitational

UABSPORTS.COM Junior Vanessa Fuleihan recorded her first-ever flight victory at the UNC Charlotte Invitational
Junior Vanessa Fuleihan recorded her first-ever flight victory at the UNC Charlotte Invitational

Oct. 17, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The East Carolina Women's tennis team traveled to Charlotte for the UNC Charlotte Invitational over the weekend to play UNC Greensboro, Coastal Carolina, and host UNC Charlotte. The Lady Pirates built off recent success at the Davidson Invitational to win four singles flights as well as a doubles flight. Melis Tanik, Nicole LaDuca, Neena Wanko, and Vanessa Fuleihan won flight's two, three, five, and eight, respectively. Wanko also paired with senior Abby Richmond in doubles to capture Flight three.

Day one began with the doubles tandem of Richmond and Wanko defeating Coastal Carolina 8-1 and UNC Charlotte 8-0. The Pirates then faced off against UNC Greensboro in singles.

After losing two out of the three doubles matches against both Coastal Carolina and UNC Charlotte, the Lady Pirates held tough in singles and pulled out four hard fought victories against UNC Greensboro. Danielle Terpko defeated Soumeya Anane 6-4, 7-6(3), and LaDuca and Tanik simultaneously won their matches in a third set tiebreaker. Less than an hour later, Fuleihan used a gutsy performance to win her match against Alisha Burton 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.  

The Lady Pirates took the court again on Saturday for a doubles match against UNC Greensboro followed by two singles matches against UNC Charlotte and Coastal Carolina. Wanko and Richmond took care of business quickly as they defeated Soumeya Anane and Kayla Gamie, 8-4.

Carrying the momentum from doubles, the Pirates faced off against UNC Charlotte. Tanik, LaDuca, Wanko, and Fuleihan all collected wins in their individual flights. 

The tournament concluded with five singles matches against Coastal Carolina. Zhang picked up a hard fought win against Libby Scott 6-2, 6-4 and finished second in Flight One. Tanik, LaDuca, and Wanko each won their match to finish the tournament with an unblemished 3-0 record in singles play.



Wanko, who partnered with Richmond, won all three doubles matches to finish the tournament undefeated with a 6-0 record.

The Lady Pirates will resume play in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the ITA Regional tournament, hosted by Wake Forest beginning Thursday, Oct. 18, and concluding Sunday, Oct. 21.

Match 1
Coastal Carolina vs. East Carolina Doubles
1. Scott / Kowal (CCU) def. Terpko / Zhang (ECU), 8-3
2. Bates / Davies (CCU) def. LaDuca / Tanik (ECU), 9-7
3. Richmond / Wanko (ECU) def. Ortiz (CCU) / Gray (ECU), 8-1

Match 2
Charlotte vs. East Carolina Doubles
1. Grosselius / Ekelund (CHA) def. Terpko / Zhang (ECU), 8-2
2. Zinn / Takayanagi (CHA) def. LaDuca / Tanik (ECU), 8-1
3. Richmond / Wanko (ECU) def. Perez / Johnson (CHA), 8-0

UNC Greensboro vs. Coastal Carolina Doubles
1. Wilkins / Whitehead (UNCG) def. Scott / Kowal (CCU), 8-4
2. Rios / Yurtkuran (UNCG) def. Bates / Davies (CCU), 8-0
3. Gammie / Anane (UNCG) def. Ortiz (CCU) / Gray (ECU), 8-2

Match 3
East Carolina vs. UNC Greensboro Singles
1. Whitehead (UNCG) def. Zhang (ECU), 6-2, 6-1
2. Tanik (ECU) def. Yurtkuran (UNCG) , 6-4, 5-7, 13-11
3. LaDuca (ECU) def. Rios (UNCG), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 10-6
4. Falcon (UNCG) def. Richmond (ECU), 6-4, 6-0
5. Terpko (ECU) def. Anane (UNCG), 6-4, 7-6 (3)
6. Grinberg (UNCG) def. Wanko (ECU), 6-2, 6-3
7. Ellis (UNCG) def. Watson (ECU), 6-2, 6-0
8. Fuleihan (ECU) def. Burton (UNCG), 4-6, 6-3, 10-8

Match 4
Charlotte vs. Coastal Carolina Doubles
1. Grosselius / Ekelund (CHA) def. Scott / Kowal (CCU), 9-8 (6)
2. Zinn / Takayanagi (CHA) vs. Bates / Davies (CCU), DNP
3. Ortiz (CCU) / Gray (ECU) def. Perez / Johnson (CHA), 8-6

UNC Greensboro vs. East Carolina Doubles
1. Wilkins / Whitehead (UNCG) def. Terpko / Zhang (ECU), 8-2
2. Rios / Tyrtkuran (UNCG) vs. LaDuca / Tanik, DNP
3. Richmond / Wanko (ECU) def. Gammie / Anane (UNCG), 8-4
4. Falcon / Burton (UNCG) def. Fuleihan / Watson (ECU), 9-7

Match 5
Charlotte vs. East Carolina Singles
1. Alexandra Zinn (CHA) vs. Yilian Zhang (ECU), DNP
2. Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Anna Ekelund (CHA), 6-2, 6-4
3. Nicole LaDuca (ECU) def. Lisa Grosselius (CHA), 6-2, 6-1
4. Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) def. Abby Richmond (ECU), 6-1, 6-0
5. Danielle Turpko (ECU) def. Iveta Guneva (CHA), 6-1, 7-5
6. Emmanuelle Briant (CHA) vs. Neena Wanko (ECU), DNP
7. Jessica Perez (CHA) def. Karling Watson (ECU), 6-4, 3-6, 10-3
8. Vanessa Fuleihan (ECU) def. Ginny Johnson (CHA), 6-4, 6-4

Coastal Carolina vs. UNC Greensboro Singels
1. Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Libby Scott (CCU), 7-5, 6-2
2. Kourtney Kowal (CCU) vs. Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG), DNP
3. Annette Rios (UNCG) def. Shelby Bates (CCU), 6-3, 6-4
4. Stephanie Falcon (UNCG) def. Mikaela Davies (CCU), 6-0, 6-0
5. Soumeya Anane (UNCG) def. Vanessa Ortiz (CCU), 6-3, 6-0
6. Jamie Grinberg (UNCG) def. Dana Gray (ECU), 4-6, 6-4, 10-8

Match 6
East Carolina vs. Coastal Carolina Singels
1. Yilian Zhang (ECU) def. Libby Scott (CCU), 6-2, 6-4
2. Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Kourtney Kowal (CCU), 6-2, 6-0
3. Nicole LaDuca (ECU) def. Shelby Bates (CCU), 6-1, 3-6, 13-11
4. Mikaela Davies (CCU) def. Abby Richmond (ECU), 6-4, 5-7, 12-10
5. Danielle Terpko (ECU) vs. Vanessa Ortiz (CCU), DNP

Flight Winners
No. 1 Alex Whitehead, UNC Greensboro
No. 2 Melis Tanik, East Carolina
No. 3 Nicole LaDuca, East Carolina
No. 4 Stephanie Falcon, UNC Greensboro
No. 5 Neena Wanko, East Carolina
No. 6 Jamie Grinberg, UNC Greensboro
No. 7 Amy Ellis, UNC Greensboro
No. 8 Vanessa Fuleihan, East Carolina

No. 1 Alex Whitehead / Niltooli Wilkins, UNC Greensboro
No. 2 Annette Rios / Dilara Yurtkuran, UNC Greensboro
No. 3 Abby Richmond / Neena Wanko, East Carolina