Wesleyan tennis teams fall in semis of MEC Tournament

CHARLESTON, W.Va. –The Mountain East Conference men’s and women’s tennis championship semifinals were held on Saturday morning/afternoon at the YMCA of Charleston.

#1 Charleston def. #4 Frostburg State, 4-0 | Box Score
In Saturday’s first men’s semifinal Charleston pickup up a 7-5 and 6-1 win in doubles to take the first point of the match. Jorge Perez Diaz and Jowan Rawson were victorious at No. 1 doubles for the Golden Eagles, while Marcelo Mifano Pinto and Ruben Acuna picked up the win at No. 3 doubles.
Charleston then took two early single matches, No. 2 and No.1, as they took a 3-0 lead. UC then ended the match with two more singles victories ending almost simultaneously, No. 3 and No.4) as they completed the victory over Frostburg State, 4-0.
#3 Fairmont State def. #2 West Virginia Wesleyan, 4-2 | Box Score
In the second semifinal of the day, the Falcons of Fairmont State pulled up the upset over the Bobcats of West Virginia Wesleyan, 4-2.
Fairmont State would strike first earning the doubles point as No. 1 Kan Watanabe and Alexandre Pages won 6-3 and then No. 3 Hugo Massoni and Alex Stacey won 6-4.
In the singles, No.3 Alexander Pages would defeat Takuya Kobayashi to put Fairmont State up 2-0. Ricardo Starosta of WVWC the No.5 would defeat Seena Saadevandi to put the Bobcats on the scoreboard, 2-1. However, Fairmont State No. 1 Elia Barozzi won putting them up 3-1. WVWC would win at No.2 spot, but Fairmont State secured the win with No.4 Hugo Massoni win, 4-2.

#1 Charleston def. #4 West Virginia Wesleyan, 4-0 | Box Score
Charleston would take the double point as No. 2 Sofiia Krasikova and Riva Hondiashvili won 6-4 and then No. 3 Filippa Larsson and Harriet Glaves won 6-1.
Then UC’s No. 4 Sara Martinez defated WVWC’s Hailey Banda, 6-2 and 6-0, as the Golden Eagled took a 2-0 lead. Michelle Connor, No. 3, defeated WVWC’s Sneha Sundaraneedi as UC took held a 3-0 lead. UC would seal the victory as Riva Hondiashvili., No. 5, beat Cayley Symons of WVWC, 6-0 and 6-1, as the Golden Eagles won 4-0.
UC will look to repeat as champions.
#2 Fairmont State def. #3 Frostburg State, 4-2 | Box Score
In the second semifinal, Fairmont State won the doubles point following a 6-3 win by the No. 2 and the No. 3 taking a 1-0 lead.
Maria Fonseca of Fairmont State took the first singles match over Frostburg’s Alyssa Kush, 6-0 and 6-1 as they built a 2-0 lead. However, Frostburg State would come back and tie it up at 2-2 after Julia Ramos won 6-1 and 6-2, and then Lorena Pintar won 6-3 and 6-1 for the Bobcats.
Lara Smith of Fairmont State would win 6-4 and 6-3, putting the Falcons up 3-2, and then Karla Liegle sealed the victory for Fairmont winning 6-0 and 6-3.
The championship matches were scheduled to be play Sunday at the Schoenbaum Tennis Courts.

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