No. 70 Lady Bucs earn second straight trip to A-Sun Championship with 4-0 win over Campbell
Senior Yevgeniya Stupak
Senior Yevgeniya Stupak

Friday, April 16, 2010

ETSU looks for its third trip to the NCAA Tournament Saturday

 

DeLAND, Fla. (April 16, 2010) - For the second straight year the No. 70 ETSU women's tennis team will head to Championship Saturday after the Lady Bucs opened their 2010 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament with a 4-0 semifinal win over fourth-seeded Campbell late Friday night at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center at Stetson University.

 

ETSU (16-4) breezed through the doubles portion of the match after two Lady Bucs teams rolled to relatively easy victories. At No. 1 doubles senior Yevgeniya Stupak (Kyiv, Ukraine) and junior Kelly Holtzhausen (Johannesburg, South Africa) quickly defeated CU's Lisa Sutton and Borislava Nikolova 8-1, while at the No. 3 slot junior Tara Sheets (Gate City, Va.) and freshman Diana Navrostska (Kviv, Ukraine) closed out the point with an 8-3 victory over Blanca Saenz and Anais Gomar.

 

After the Lady Bucs took the 1-0 lead Stupak wasted no time taking the ETSU advantage to two love with a 6-1, 6-0 straight set win over Sutton in the top singles position. In fact it was the second time this spring that the unanimous ETSU All-Conference selection defeated the Fighting Camel junior. Also with her victory Friday  the Kyiv, Ukraine native now has 108 career wins which validates her as ETSU's all-time wins leader moving her past former teammate and great Tara Byrne.

 

With the Lady Bucs lead at 2-0 junior Andra Voniea (Brasov, Romania) then extended the score with a victory over Anais Gomar at No. 6. After taking the first set 6-2 the Second-Team A-Sun All-Conference member rolled in the second frame 6-3.

 

Needing only one more win to clinch its bid into the finals Navrostska - who is playing in her first career postseason tournament - closed out Ana Surviladze in the No. 5 singles postion. The ETSU newcomer rolled in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.

 

With Friday's win ETSU will face second-seeded North Florida in a rematch of the A-Sun Regular Season Championship Saturday at 2 p.m. Two weeks ago the Lady Bucs finished their unbeaten conference season with a 5-2 victory over the Lady Ospreys in Johnson City.

 

Attached above are post-match quotes from head coach Steve Brooks, and Yevgeniya Stupak, in addition to the conference photo gallery that feature's action shots from tonight's contest.

 

Doubles

Stupak/Holtzhausen (ETSU) def. Sutton/Nikolova (CU) 8-1

Jaime/Kedzo (ETSU) def. Garcia/Surviladze (CU) 8-5

Navrosksta/Sheets (ETSU) def. Saenz/Gomar (CU) 8-3

 

Singles

Stupak (ETSU) def. Sutton (CU) 6-1, 6-2

Holtzhausen (ETSU) def. Garcia (CU) 7-5, 3-0

Jaime (ETSU) def. Saenz (CU) 6-3, 2-1

Kedzo (ETSU) def. Nikolova (CU) 6-3, 4-3

Navrosksta (ETSU) def. Surviladze (CU) def. 6-2, 6-1

Voinea (ETSU) def. Gomar (CU) 6-2, 6-2

 

For more information on the ETSU women's tennis team please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.

 

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