Men, women’s tennis wrap up fall with even record

The Cavs women’s tennis team finished their regular fall season splitting the last two matches of the season, setting them up with the fifth seed in the Mountain East Conference Tournament.

The Lady Cavs started the week with an 8-1 victory over Davis & Elkins. Winners were Daria Tyshchenko, Haley Thacker, Marti Gay, Mackenzie Lawson , and Junetta Nuckels starting off the match in singles competition and giving the Lady Cavs a 5 to 1 lead. The match would be won with a sweep in doubles by all teams.

The Lady Cavs final match was Friday on the road at West Virginia Wesleyan . The team w o u l d lose 5-4 in a close final match of the season.

The Lady Cavs got down early with only two wins in the singles competition from Haley Thacker and Junetta Nuckels putting them down 4 to 2. They would then make a furious comeback attempt by winning two of the three doubles sets with the teams of Tyshchenko and Christoforatos followed by Gay and Lawson. The attempt was halted by West Virginia Wesleyan’s early match success.

The Lady Cavs fought relentlessly all season to end the year with a 7-7 record. It started by losing four of their initial five matches. The Lady Cavs wouldn’t panic and would win six of their final eight matches before suffering a heartbreaking loss in the tournament to end their season.

The men’s tennis team would also spilt their last two games against West Virginia Wesleyan and Salem International. The Cavs would fall 9 to 0 to West Virginia Wesleyan. The team from Fairmont, West Virginia came out with aggression in this match but the loss would help the Cavs going into the final match of the season.

In their final match, the Cavs would face off against Salem International on the road. The Cavs would win 8-1 by dominating in all phases. Rutnytskyi, Kopychenko, Herron, Tunnikov, and Pientka would give the Cavs a 4-1 lead in singles play.

The doubles teams did not disappoint where all three teams would claim victories. Herron and Rutnytskyi won 8-3, Kopychenko and Tunnikov won 8-1, and Aldridge and Pollard finished up the match with an 8-6 victory.

The men’s tennis team finished the season with a record of 3-3.

The Cavs saw the number 48 team in the country in Tusculum in their first match and Milligan College second. They would start the season 1-2 and finish strong at 2-1 to gain an even record on the year by defeating Maryville College and Salem International.

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