Women’s Tennis Drops Heartbreaker at ECU, 4-3

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Campbell women's tennis team dropped a tight match that eclipsed the seven-hour mark at East Carolina on Friday afternoon, 4-3. The Camels came back with singles wins by sophomore Tamara Stanic (Budva, Montengro) and freshmen Ana Maria Ortiz (Betera, Spain) and Ewa Telenga (Gliwice, Poland) to take a 3-2 lead after dropping the doubles point.

The entire match came down to the No. 6-singles battle between Campbell (1-7) freshman Kirsten Renz (Greensboro, N.C.) and East Carolina (5-2 senior Abby Richmond. Richmond took the first set, 6-1, before Renz rallied back to take the second frame, 6-1.

In the final set, Renz had three-match points, but Richmond was ultimately able to secure the match with a 7-5 triumph.

To begin the match, the Pirates clinched the doubles competition to take a 1-0 lead. Melis Tanik and Yilian Zhang topped junior Natasha Afridi (Tokoyo, Japan) and Stanic, 8-3, at No. 1. The doubles tandems of Ortiz and Lourdes Ros at No. 2 and Telenga and freshman Lauren Vaughn (Arden, N.C.) fell in a pair of tightly contested, 8-3, matches.

Campbell quickly knotted the contest at one when Stanic came through with a 6-0, 6-2 straight-set victory at No. 1. The Pirates responded at No. 3 with a 6-2, 7-5 victory for Neena Wanko over Afridi.

Those were the only matches to finish in straight sets as the four remaining singles contests went three frames.

At No. 2, Ortiz dropped the first set before taking the next two against Tanik 6-4, 6-3 to tie the contest up at 2-all. Only three matches were played at one time as the contest was held at the ECU Indoor Facility.

The Camels took the 3-2 lead following Telenga coming back with consecutive 6-1, 6-2 set wins over Danielle Terpko at No. 4.

In the match at No. 5, Ros captured the first set, but ultimately fell to Dana Gray in the next two frames, 6-4, 6-3.

Campbell hosts Liberty on Thursday in its home opener at the James Nisbet Tennis Center with the first serve slated for 2 p.m.