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WVU falls in hard-fought match against No. 26 Baylor

The WVU tennis team (7-9, 0-2 Big 12) finished their home stand on Sunday against No. 26 Baylor (12-4, 3-0 Big 12) with a 2-5 loss.

WVU picked up the early doubles point, winning two out of the three matches. The first doubles match completed was a 6-4 win by freshman Tatiana Lipatova and senior Anastasiia Bovolskaia over Baylor’s Paula Baranano and Alina Shcherbinina. Shortly after, freshman Kendall Kovick and sophomore Momoko Nagato fell to Ana Carmen Zamburek and Anita Sahdiieva, 4-6.

The split left the doubles point up to junior Ting-Pei Chang and freshman Camilla Bossi against the fifth-ranked Mel Krywoj and Alicia Herrero. The two Mountaineers played a close match and came out on top to give the team an early 1-0 lead.

WVU did not see as much success in singles, losing five straight matches. The first match wrapped up was Anastasiia Bovolskaia against Alicia Herrero. Bovolskaia could not seem to get any momentum in the first set, but played a close second set. Even so, the senior lost 2-6, 4-6.

Freshman Tatiana Lipatova played a close match as well. She started the first set by taking a 5-1 lead, but Baylor’s Anina Shcherbinina fought back. Lipatova lost in straight sets 5-7, 5-7.

Kendall Kovick had her hands full on court one as well. A tightly-contested back-and-forth match against Isabella Harvison ended with the freshman losing 3-6, 5-7.

The match that sealed the win was Mel Krywoj defeating Momoko Nagato. This was Nagato’s first singles match after being sidelined with a knee injury for the past several weeks. The sophomore played hard in a three set loss, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6.

The lone WVU singles win was taken by freshman Camilla Bossi in a three-set match. After losing the first set, Bossi won the second in a tiebreaker and won the match in a super tiebreaker. Her score was 3-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8.

Freshman Michaela Kucharova finished the day with a three-set match that utilized a super-tiebreaker as well. Her result was not as favorable, as she lost 4-6, 6-7 (3), 5-10.

Results

Doubles

Court 1: Camilla Bossi/Ting-Pei Chang (WVU) def. #5 Mel Krywoj/Alicia Herrero (BU), 6-4

Court 2: Ana Zamburek/Anita Sahdiieva (BU) def. Momoko Nagato/Kendall Kovick (WVU), 6-4

Court 3: Anastasiia Bovolskaia/Tatiana Lipatova (WVU) def. Paula Baranano/Alina Shcherbinina (BU), 6-4

Singles 

Court 1: Isabella Harvison (BU) def. Kendall Kovick (WVU), 6-3, 7-5

Court 2: Alicia Herrero (BU) def. Anastasiia Bovolskaia (WVU), 6-2, 6-4

Court 3: Mel Krywoj (BU) def. Momoko Nagato (WVU), 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-2

Court 4: #123 Alina Shcherbinina (BU) def. Tatiana Lipatova (WVU), 7-5, 7-5

Court 5: Camilla Bossi (WVU) def. Anita Sahdiieva (BU), 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-8

Court 6: Paula Baranano (BU) def. Michaela Kucharova (WVU), 4-6, 7-6(3), 10-5

The Mountaineers will play again on Friday at TCU to start their two-week road trip. 

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