Deacs Win Doubles in 4-3 Defeat at San Diego
March 15, 2013
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWTennis)
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - Kathryn Talbert and Xue Zhang picked up wins at No. 1 and No. 3 singles and Wake Forest captured the doubles point, but the Deacs could not hang on in a 4-3 defeat against San Diego on Friday afternoon.
The Demon Deacons fall to 1-11 overall with the loss, while the Toreros improve to 4-6 on the season.
In doubles action, Brigita Bercyte and Andrea Retolaza picked up a victory at the No. 3 position in a closely-fought 8-6 decision against Nicole Ramser and Mikayla Morkel-Brink. It was Wake's first win in the third doubles slot since Feb. 23 and gave the Deacs an early advantage.
At No. 1 doubles, Kathryn Talbert and Kasey Gardiner fell by the same 8-6 score against Stephanie Hoffpauir and Anna Depenau to even the doubles point at 1-1, leaving the No. 2 spot as the decisive match.
Luckily for Wake Forest, Karen Forman and Xue Zhang prevailed in a seven-point tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-5), against Shani Blecher and Marta Stojanovic. Their victory gave the Deacs their first doubles point since winning at No. 1 and No. 3 against Long Beach State, and sent Wake into singles action with a 1-0 overall lead.
Singles play got off to a rough start for the Demon Deacons, who dropped the first two matches to give San Diego a 2-1 lead. Blecher defeated Gardiner 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2, while Depenau dropped Forman 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4.
Talbert evened the match at 2-2 with her victory at the top spot. The senior earned the 99th total victory of her career by defeating Hoffpauir 6-4, 6-3. Just one more victory in singles or doubles this season will earn her a spot in the 100-win club at Wake Forest.
The Toreros grabbed another lead at 3-2 with a three-set victory at No. 5 singles. Retolaza claimed the first set, but could not hold off a spirited charge by Morkel-Brink who earned the 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.
Just as quickly as they had seized the lead, though, Wake Forest stormed back thanks to Zhang's win at No. 3. The freshman dropped her first set, but rallied to win the second in a tiebreaker before cruising to claim the match 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.
Bercyte was left in the decisive match at No. 6 singles and appeared to be in prime position after blazing to a 6-1 win in the opening set. Unfortunately for the Deacs, Cara Brown was able to muster a comeback despite Bercyte's strong effort, giving the Toreros a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 win in the individual match and a 4-3 victory overall.
Wake Forest will return to action as they travel to Durham, N.C., to take on ACC foe Duke, currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, next Sunday, Mar. 24, at 12:00 p.m.
San Diego 4, Wake Forest 3