Oct. 23, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – East Carolina sent two members of the women’s tennis team to represent the Pirates at the ITA Regional Tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C., over the weekend. Freshman Nicole LaDuca and junior Melis Tanik turned in solid performances for the Lady Pirates in both singles and doubles.
LaDuca and Tanik reached the round of 16 in doubles after pulling out a come-from-behind victory in their first match. The duo was down 7-3 in the eight-game proset against UNC-Wilmington's Hamilton Lovett and Christine Riley. The pair’s consistent play from the baseline, as well as aggressiveness at the net, helped the Lady Pirate's claw their way back into the match for a 9-7 win.
“I really liked how the girls battled back into the match,” said head coach Tom Morris. “They were able to make the proper adjustments to beat a tough opponent.”
In the round of 16, LaDuca and Tanik faced off against fifth seeded Clemson, and the Tigers came out on top, 8-1.
Following the second doubles match, LaDuca took the court to play Charleston Southern’s Angelica Sidorenko. After racing out to a 3-0 lead in the first set, she fell behind 4-5. LaDuca regained her composure and reeled off the next three games to capture the first set, 7-5. She carried that momentum into the second set to win her first-round match 7-5, 6-2.
Tanik followed up with a head-to-head contest against Adriana Pereira of the University of South Carolina. No one led more than two games in the first set until it was even at 4-4, and Pereira took the next two games and the first set. The second set was much like the first and Pereira narrowly escaped with a 6-4, 6-4 victory.
In LaDuca’s round of 32, she played North Carolina’s Ashley Dai, who had just taken out the number one seeded player in the tournament. Dai took the first set 6-0. The second set proved to be more competitive, although Dai closed out the match to win 6-0, 6-3.