Buccaneer women's tennis prevails in final day of ETSU Fall Collegiate Classic Tournament
Freshman Sandie Knight
Freshman Sandie Knight

Saturday, October 02, 2004

 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 2, 2004) - The East Tennessee State women's tennis team concluded competition in the 14th annual ETSU Fall Collegiate Tournament this afternoon at the ETSU tennis courts. ETSU women's team saw success in singles and doubles action throughout tournament play.

The doubles portion of the tournament was able to finish up play before rain delayed the tournament for a little over an hour. In the Doubles A bracket ETSU newcomers Sandie Knight (Adamstown, Australia) and Elena Volobueva (Barcelona, Spain) defeated teammates Sylwia Ziolkowska (Warsaw, Poland) and Mariia Ilina (Kyiv, Ukraine) to win the bracket.

In the second tier, the team of Jewel Aldea (Charleston, S.C.) and Gemma Halim (Jakarta, Indonesia) defeated Western Carolina's Cotton and Harris 8-3 for the championship title.

In singles action, Ziolkowska defeated Appalachian State's Lindsey Free 6-3, 6-1 and Knight defeated Appalachian State's Salem Kirven 6-0, 6-1 in the Singles A bracket.

Freshman Volobueva advanced to the finals of the Singles B bracket with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Victoria Moody of Appalachian State. In the finals she defeated Maria Nevarez of Tusculum College by a score of  6-2, 6-1. Nevarez defeated ETSU's Ilina 7-5, 6-1 to advance. Ilina then played a consolation match against Victoria Moody of Appalachian State where she won 6-3, 6-0.

In the Singles C bracket, senior Halim, advanced to the finals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Nancie Gruber of Mars Hill College. She then faced Appalachian States Frances Blanton and won the bracket with a final score of 6-1, 6-1.

Aldea competed in the Singles D bracket and advanced to finals with a win over Esther Mbugua of VI 7-6 (8), 6-2. She then fell to Kristen Cotton of Western Carolina University in a 6-3, 6-2 final score.

"I'm happy with our play in this tournament," commented head coach Steve Brooks. "Everyone played a lot of matches and gained some good experience. We played a total of 24 matches and only lost two of those matches to non-ETSU opponents. We now know what we need to work on this fall to get ready for the spring."

Up next in fall tournament action for the Bucs is a trip to Blacksburg, Va. to compete in the Virginia Tech Tournament on Friday, Oct. 8.

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