The East Carolina University’s women’s tennis team extended its win streak to 15 straight after getting wins over both Elon and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University on Saturday to bring its record to 15-2 overall.
The Pirates played their second match of the day against North Carolina A&T. Senior Celia Ruiz and freshman Minette Van Vreden started the Pirates off in doubles, this time beating junior Renata Ruiz Rabadan and freshman Marlene Estenssoro 6-2. Seniors Annija Veinsteina and Paladini-Jennings followed with a 6-2 victory over freshmen Brenna Bryant and Kayla Ellis on court three.
In singles, ECU powered to four straight wins. Junior Nastja Rettich got her first win of the day against Aggie Estenssoro 6-0, 6-1 on court four. Veinsteina followed with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Ellis on court six. The Pirates clinched the match when Ruiz got her 11th straight win when she beat senior Angelica Martinez 6-0, 6-1. The match came to an end after freshman Martina Paladini-Jennings beat R. Ruiz Rabadan 6-1, 6-0.
The Pirates started off at Elon University (7-7) Saturday morning. Although the Pirates dropped their first point in seven matches, they didn’t falter in the slightest. ECU easily clinched the point in doubles on the top two courts.
Ruiz and Van Vreden dominated in a 6-0 win over Elon’s freshmen Uma Nayar and Nicole Shiau on court two. Gaining their ninth straight win, junior Lisa Hofbauer and sophomore Alisa Diercksen beat Elon’s junior Alex Koniaev and senior Maria Paraja 6-4 on the top court.
Although close, ECU continued to dominate in the singles matches. The first to finish was court two, where Ruiz beat Paraja in a lopsided match, finishing 6-3, 6-0. This win gained Ruiz her 10th straight match win.
ECU faltered for just a moment when Elon’s freshman Olivia Archer beat Van Vreden 7-5, 6-4 on court five. Wins from Diercksen and Hofbauer clinched the match for ECU. Diercksen came back from a first-set deficit to win and Hofbauer won both sets 7-5.
The first match came to a close when sophomore Hsia Ho Chiao and Paladini-Jennings won straight set matches. Chiao winning her second set 7-5 after being tied 5-5 while Paladini-Jennings won her first set in a tiebreaker.
After Saturday ECU has won 15 straight matches and has dropped only one point in the past nine matches. The Pirates are only two wins away from tying last season’s win total, which stands as the highest win total of the 2010s. The Pirates have eight matches left in the regular season as they hit the road Friday to play George Washington University.