Head coach Tom Morris and the East Carolina women’s tennis team wrapped up its regular season by splitting its final two matches on Easter weekend.
On Sunday, the Pirates played the final game of the regular season against the Cincinnati Bearcats, where they lost the match, 4-0. Entering the match, ECU was on a four-match win streak that would guarantee it would finish the regular season above .500.
The Bearcats swept the field in doubles matches after earning a 6-3 victory against the No. 3 pairing of Michelle Castro and Annija Veinsteina. Prior to that match Cincinnati took the match 6-6, (5-2, unfinished) from No. 2 pairing Maria Gomez and Nastja Rettich, as well as the No. 1 pairing from Lisa Hofbauer and Celia Ruiz 7-6, 7-3.
Securing doubles points helped the Bearcats have the momentum going into singles as all of the Bearcats won the first sets in each of the six matches. Nastja Rettich played hard to get the Pirates in the match, but could not pick up enough set wins in the end as she lost both sets of her match 6-4.
Hofbauer and Castro fought hard in their matches but got outplayed in both ends by their opponents to give the Bearcats another victory. Castro lost the first set 6-2, and in the second set could not find a break, ultimately losing, 6-1. Hofbauer lost the first set of her match, 6-1, and in the second set it was not much closer as she only picked up one more set victory in a 6-2 loss.
Since the match was already clinched for the Bearcats, the other three matches went unfinished even though Ruiz and Veinsteina were both up 5-2 in the second set on comeback victories looking to force third sets in their matches.
On Saturday, ECU had a tight match with the Connecticut Huskies but picked up the 4-3 victory to guarantee a winning season.
Castro, Veinsteina, Ruiz and Hofbauer picked up the doubles point for the Pirates to shift the momentum in their direction for the remainder of the day.
Castro and Veinsteina played well throughout their doubles match and won, 6-3. Ruiz and Hofbauer exchanged set wins with their opponents but picked up the sixth-set win to win their match 6-4 and give the Pirates the 1-0 lead.
No. 124 NCAA female tennis player Ruiz got things started in the No. 1 singles position by earning a 6-2, 7-6 (5-0) victory for the Pirates.
Hofbauer won her match in straight sets after picking up three breaks in the first set to win, 6-0. Hofbauer closed out her match in a second set tiebreaker in the seventh-set to win 7-6 (3-0).
Rettich split the first two sets of her match 7-5 and 6-3 to go to a third set, and won the third set, 6-4, to clinch the victory for the Pirates. The three points for the Huskies came after they defeated Veinsteina, Castro and Sarah Sarjoo.
Sarjoo fought hard in both sets in her match but lost the first 6-4, and again couldn’t close it out in the second as she fell, 7-5. Castro stayed in her match for the most part but could not fight back enough, as her opponent won both sets 6-4, 6-3.
The Pirates will play in the American Athletic Conference tournament beginning on April 19 in Orlando, Florida to finish off the year.