“Even shorthanded, UCF are one of the best teams in the country,” said head coach Jayson Wiseman. “We had a few early opportunities to take the doubles and get leads in the singles matches, but we were just outplayed in the doubles.”
Wiseman later added: “Charleston was very competitive and fought hard throughout his training, and really did a great job of getting us every point. It was a good job from everyone. world to get the solid win and get everyone in the game to get some work done.”
How did it happen
In his first of two matches of the day, the Green and White picked up wins over UCF in doubles No. 3 and singles No. 6 due to forfeit. This gave the sophomore redshirt pairing Emma-Lou Pommiers (Aire-sur-l’Adour, France-Dominique Saint Pau) and junior red shirt Julia Piatek (Melgiew, Poland-Liceum Lublin (Salem College)) automatic victory. However, EMU was unable to clinch the doubles point with another win. Piatek also picked up the singles victory at No. 6, as the Eagles lost 6-1 to the Knights.
Against Charleston, Eastern quickly secured the doubles point as a redshirt sophomore Isabelle Popma (Straphorst, Netherlands-Centre for Sport and Education) and senior red shirt Vasavi Ganesan (Chennai, India-Alagappa Matriculation School (East Florida State)) won 6-2 at No. 1, while Pommiers and Piatek picked up their second doubles victory of the day at No. 3. In singles, Redshirt senior Luisa Pelayo (Porto, Portugal-Colegio CEBES (Wright State)) struck first with a slot victory, 6-1, 6-3. Popma followed, finishing his opponent, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (4). The game winning point came at the hands of senior redshirt Grace Whitney (Imlay City, Michigan-Imlay City (Wright State)), leading the opposition No. 5, 6-2, 6-4. The Eagles ended the day 1-1 after claiming a 6-1 victory over the Golden Eagles.
1. Evgeniya Levashova/Marie Mattel (UCF) def. Isabelle Popma/Vasavi Ganesan (EMU) 6-1
2. Sophia Biolay/Nandini Sharma (UCF) def. Sabina Brichackova/Prerna Vichare (EMU) 6-4
3. Emma-Lou Pommiers/Julia Piatek (EMU) def. No Player/No Player (UCF), per package
1. #61 Evgeniya Levashova (UCF) def. Luisa Pelayo (EMU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Noel Saidenova (UCF) defeated. Prerna Vichare (EMU) 6-1, 7-5
3. #114 Marie Mattel (UCF) def. Sabina Brichackova (EMU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Sophia Biolay (UCF) def. Vasavi Ganesan (EMU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Nandini Sharma (UCF) defeated. Emma-Lou Pommiers (EMU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Julia Piatek (EMU) def. No player (UCF), per package
1. Vasavi Ganesan/Isabelle Popma (EMU) def. Haarini Balakrishnan/Prinkle Singh (CHARLEST) 6-2
2. Alexiann Drouin/Meggan William (CHARLEST) def. Luisa Pelayo/Grace Whitney (EMU) 6-4
3. Julia Piatek/Emma-Lou Pommiers (EMU) def. Barbara Balancho/Regina Saucedo (CHARLEST) 6-3
1. Luisa Pelayo (EMU) def. Prinkle Singh (CHARLEST) 6-1, 6-3
2. Sabina Brichackova (EMU) def. Alexiann Drouin (CHARLEST) 6-4, 6-2
3. Isabelle Popma (EMU) def. Haarini Balakrishnan (CHARLEST) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (4-0)
4. Julia Piatek (EMU) def. Barbara Balancho (CHARLEST) 6-3, 6-2
5. Grace Whitney (EMU) def. Meggan William (CHARLEST) 6-2, 6-4
6. Aida Mariana Montero (CHARLEST) defeated. Asia Allen (EMU) 7-5, 6-2
Eastern will stay at the Sunshine State for two more games on Saturday, March 6. EMU will challenge Oakland University at 11:30 a.m., followed by St. Petersburg College at 5 p.m.