Sunday, April 07, 2013
Choo defeats Li Xi for 13th consecutive victory
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (April 7, 2013) – The 18th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers showed their prowess and ended the ETSU women’s tennis team’s seven-match winning streak, 4-1, Sunday evening from the Snyder Tennis Center.
ETSU (11-5, 6-0 A-Sun) had its point come from freshman sensation Lyn Yee Choo (Kuching, Malaysia) who defeated UVA’s (12-7, 6-1 ACC) Li Xi on court three, 6-0, 6-2. The victory is Choo’s 13th in a row and moves her impressive 2012-13 overall record to 28-7 – four wins shy of tying the ETSU single-season record for wins held by Sandie Knight (32-9). Choo is 15-1 on the spring season and an undefeated 6-0 in Atlantic Sun play.
“UVA showed why it is a top team and it was good to get the experience,” ETSU assistant coach Travis Sandlant said. “We definitely found some weaknesses in our game that we need to address.
“We are very appreciative to Coach Guilbeau and Coach Porco for giving us the opportunity to try a new format today. It was exciting and really addressed the importance of every match.”
The Lady Buccaneers and UVA played a five-point format with four singles matches and one best-of-three-sets doubles match. Virginia took the other three singles points along with the doubles point for the three-point victory.
Senior Antonia Kolovou (Larisa, Greece) nearly pulled off another big win at No. 2. Virginia’s Erin Vierra posed Kolovou’s challenge and after dropping the first set the ETSU senior took the second to force a match tiebreak. Vierra edged it out, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9).
Also in action was Giulia Andreazza (Balneario Camboriu, Brazil) who took on No. 65 Stephanie Nauta. The ranked Cavalier proved too much, 6-2, 6-1. Freshman Anna Gerbasi (Caracas, Venezuela) was defeated at love against Caryssa Peretz.
The doubles point saw Salma Dahbi (Marrakech, Morocco) and Sofia Espana (Mexico City) take on Julia Elbaba and Maria Fuccillo. The Cavalier duo took it in straights, 6-1, 6-2.
The Lady Buccaneers are back in action on Friday and Saturday to close out the regular season on the road against Mercer and Kennesaw State. Both matches are slated for 2 p.m.
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