Short-handed Bucs show valiant effort at ranked South Carolina
Senior Giulia Andreazza picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles in ETSU's season-opening match at South Carolina.
Senior Giulia Andreazza picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles in ETSU's season-opening match at South Carolina.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Andreazza, Brumit, and Gerbasi coast to singles victories, but ETSU falls, 4-3, at No. 33 South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 18, 2014) – Featuring a lineup riddled by injury and illness, the ETSU women’s tennis team was forced to compete in its season opener at No. 33 South Carolina with just three players; however, the short-handed Bucs went unbeaten, winning the top three singles spots while conceding the remaining points by walkover.

Senior Giulia Andreazza (Balneario Camboriu, Brazil), junior Jessica Brumit (Elizabethton, Tenn.), and sophomore Anna Gerbasi (Caracas, Venezuela) each picked up singles wins, pushing the nationally-ranked Gamecocks to the brink of defeat. Being forced to forfeit the remaining points by walkover, ETSU suffered a narrow 4-3 setback.

“Our backs were up against the wall today,” ETSU head coach Travis Sandlant said. “Coming in with a few injuries and then having a player come down sick is not an easy task. But credit to our girls for staying motivated and wanting to win their individual matches no matter the circumstances.”

Gerbasi, a 2013 All-Atlantic Sun Second Team selection, picked up the first win of the day for the Bucs, beating South Carolina’s Alex Martin, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 2 singles spot.

Andreazza followed suit at No. 1 singles, picking up a 6-1, 6-2 with over Natalie Looney. Last season, Andreazza earned a spot on the All-Atlantic Sun First Team.

To round out the day for ETSU, nationally-ranked Jessica Brumit earned a hard-fought victory over Katie Fosnacht, 7-6, 6-4. Brumit is currently ranked 118th in the ITA Women’s Division-I National Rankings.

ETSU will use a weeklong break to attempt to sure up the depleted lineup, resuming non-conference play Sunday, Jan. 26 versus Appalachian State. The match, set to begin at 9:30 a.m., will be the Bucs’ first home match of the season.

SINGLES

No. 1: Andreazza (ETSU) def. Looney (USC), 6-1, 6-2

No. 2: Gerbasi (ETSU) def. Martin (USC), 6-1, 6-2

No. 3: No. 118 Brumit (ETSU) def. Fasnacht (USC), 7-6, 7-4

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