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ETSU picks up first conference victory
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 03/16/2018
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Courtesy: ETSU

MACON, Ga. –  The ETSU women’s tennis team played their fourth straight match on the road and picked up a 5-2 win against the Mercer Bears. The Bucs improve to 5-9 and 1-1, as Mercer drops to 7-7 and 0-1.

It was a perfect sweep for the Bucs to start things off in doubles play. Seniors Ioanna Markesini (Athens, Greece) and Alory Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) started things off with a 6-0 win over Grace Korta and Celine Schepers. Alejandra Morales (Santiago, Chile) and Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga (Basauri, Spain) defeated Lucia Gutierrez and Marie Mottet 6-4 to clinch the doubles point. Yi Chi Ma (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) and Melissa Esguerra (Derrimutt, Australia) won 7-6 against Katie Sidor and Aanna Sovic to complete the doubles sweep.

Mercer’s Grace Korta evened the match after she defeated Alejandra Morales 7-6, 6-1. Yi Chi Ma helped the Bucs get a lead with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Anna Sovic. Three consecutive wins came from ETSU’s seniors. Ioanna Markesini defeated Celine Schepers 6-2, 7-5, while Alory Pereira won 7-6, 6-3 against Katie Sidor to clinch the overall match for the Bucs. Melissa Esguerra gave the Bucs their last point of the match. Esguerra fought back to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

The Bucs will play their third conference match this Sunday, March. 18 at UNCG. The match is set for 1:00 p.m.

Singles competition

  1. Alory Pereira (ETSUW) def. Katie Sidor (MER-W) 7-6, 6-3
  2. Ioanna Markesini (ETSUW) def. Celine Schepers (MER-W) 6-2, 7-5
  3. Marie Mottet (MER-W) def. A. Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSUW) 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
  4. Grace Korta (MER-W) def. Alejandra Morales (ETSUW) 7-6, 6-1
  5. Melissa Esguerra (ETSUW) def. Maeva Roquebert (MER-W) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
  6. Yi Chi Ma (ETSUW) def. Anna Sovic (MER-W) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition

  1. Ioanna Markesini/Alory Pereira (ETSUW) def. Grace Korta/Celine Schepers (MER-W) 6-0
  2. Yi Chi Ma/Melissa Esguerra (ETSUW) def. Katie Sidor/Anna Sovic (MER-W) 7-6
  3. Alejandra Morales/A. Pascual-Larrinaga (ETSUW) def. Lucia Gutierrez/Marie Mottet (MER-W) 6-4

Match Notes:

ESTU Women's Tennis 5-9

Mercer Women's Tennis 7-7

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,6,2,1,5,3)

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