MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Nov. 8, 2021) – The West Virginia University tennis team’s 2021 fall circuit concluded this weekend with action at the Big 12 Fall Invite in Stillwater, Oklahoma, from Nov. 5-7.
Oklahoma State hosted the fall invite, competition took place at the Greenwood Tennis Center.
“It was a good conclusion to the fall season for us in Stillwater,” coach Miha Lisac Said. “We had some good battles and some good individual performances. We’ll be working towards the spring season by building off of what we accomplished this fall to get ready for the dual match season.”
WVU opened the weekend with doubles play on Friday, Nov. 5, as freshmen pair Michaela Kucharova and Kendall Kovick defeated Texas Tech’s Bojana Marinkov and Camryn Stepp, 8-5, in doubles round of 32.
Senior Anastasiia Bovoloskaia and sophomore Ting-Pei Chang went toe-to-toe with TCU’s Isabel Pascual Montalvo and Aleska Cveticanin, but ultimately fell, 8-7(3).
With a bye in the round of 32, junior Penny Hsieh and sophomore Momoko Nagato fell to Tech’s Margarita Skriabina and Cristina Tiglea in the round of 16, 8-4.
To wrap up the main draw of doubles on Saturday, Nov. 6, Kucharova and Kovick fell to Oklahoma State’s No. 1-seed Ayumi Miyamoto and Mhai Sawangkaew, 8-6.
On Friday, No. 3-seed Kucharova served as the Mountaineers lone singles victory in the main draw of singles. The freshman defeated Tech’s Camryn Stepp, 6-2, 6-2, to advance to the semifinals round on Saturday.
In the singles round of 16, Chang battled against Oklahoma’s No.1-seed Ivana Corley, but fell in two-straight sets (6-3, 6-2) before TTU’s No. 2-seed Margarita Skriabina defeated Bovolskaia, 6-2, 6-2.
Freshman Camilla Bossi continued singles competition against Baylor’s No.4-seed Anita Sahdiieva but retired due to injury. Nagato fell to the Sooners No. 3-seed Alexandra Pisareva (6-3, 6-2), before Kovick suffered a loss to Kansas’ Tiffany Lagarde, 6-3, 6-0.
Hsieh and No.3-seed Kucharova received a bye in the round of 16, advancing them to the quarterfinal round with matchups against Texas Tech. Hsieh was defeated by No.1-seed Tiglea, 6-1, 6-2.
Singles play concluded on Saturday, Nov. 6, as Kucharova fell to Kansas’ No. 2-seed Marina Manyoma Velasquez, 7-5, 6-4, in the semifinal round.
Doubles Results (Round of 32)
- Michaela Kucharova/Kendall Kovick (WVU) def. Bojana Marinkov/Camryn Stepp (TTU), 8-5
- Isabel Pascual Montalvo/Aleska Cveticanin (TCU) def. Anastasiia Bovolskaia/Ting-Pei Chang (WVU), 8-7(3)
Doubles Results (Round of 16)
- Margarita Skriabina/Cristina Tiglea (TTU) def. Momoko Nagato/Penny Hsieh (WVU), 8-4
- Ayumi Miyamoto/Mhai Sawangkaew (OSU) def. Kucharova/Kovick (WVU), 8-6
Singles Results (Round of 32)
- Ivana Corley (OU) def. Ting-Pei Chang (WVU), 6-3, 6-2
- Margarita Skriabina (TTU) def. Anastasiia Bovolskaia (WVU), 6-2, 6-2
- Anita Sahdiieva (BU) def. Camilla Bossi (WVU), RETIRED
- Tiffany Lagarde (KU) def. Kendall Kovick (WVU), 6-3, 6-0
Singles Results (Quarterfinals)
- Cristina Tiglea (TTU) def. Pei Ju Hsieh (WVU), 6-1, 6-2
- Michaela Kucharova (WV) def. Camryn Stepp (TTU), 6-2, 6-2
Singles Results (Semifinals)
- Marina Manyoma Velasquez (KU) def. Kucharova (WVU), 6-2, 6-2.
The Mountaineers continue competition against Penn State on Jan. 21 as they kick off their 2022 spring season.
Press Release: WVU Athletic Department