The East Carolina women’s tennis team traveled to Boone, N.C., for the Appalachian State Invitational over the weekend. The Lady Pirates turned in another dominating performance as Yilian Zhang, Nicole LaDuca, and Melis Tanik went undefeated in flights two, three, and four, respectively.

Neena Wanko also tied for first in flight one with Coastal Carolina’s Libby Scott and Appalachian State’s Ellie Linsell.

The Lady Pirates got off to a quick start in their first match after Wanko set the tone with a 6-1, 6-0 win in flight one. Zhang, LaDuca, Tanik, Danielle Terpko, Dana Gray, and Abby Richmond each followed suit with straight set victories against opponents from Presbyterian College and North Carolina Central.

In the second singles match of day one, the Lady Pirates had similar results. Zhang, LaDuca, Terpko, and Gray each recorded commanding victories as Tanik came back from trailing at set and match point to defeat Alicia Robinson of Coastal Carolina, 4-6, 6-1,11-9.

Despite getting blanked, 4-0, by Appalachian State in doubles, the duo of Wanko and Tanik managed to tie for first in their flight along with Jennifer Ansari and Gaby Celi of Appalachian State, and Olesya Palko and Ekaterina Nekrasoca of North Carolina Central.

Tanik and Zhang took care of business in their respective singles matches, and LaDuca fought off Celi, 6-3, 6-2, while Wanko battled back from four set points down in the first set tiebreaker to win, 7-5, 7-6. In flight eight, Karling Watson overwhelmed Carson Shell, 8-2, to notch her first win of the year.

The Lady Pirates will conclude their fall season in Buies Creek, N.C., at the Campbell University Invitational Nov. 2-3.


Flight 1

Neena Wanko (ECU) defeated Carolina DeLoach (PC), 6-1, 6-0

Libby Scott (CCU) defeated Neena Wanko (ECU), 3-6, 4-6 (10-8)

Neena Wanko (ECU) defeated Ellie Linsell (ASU), 7-5, 7-6 (2)
* Ellie Linsell (ASU), Libby Scott (CCU), and Neena Wanko (ECU) win Flight 1

Flight 2

Yilian Zhang (ECU) defeated Rebecca Wood (NCCU), 6-4, 6-2

Yilian Zhang (ECU) defeated Kourtney Kowal (CCU), 7-5, 6-2

Yilian Zhang (ECU) defeated Jennifer Ansari (ASU), 6-3, 6-2
* Yilian Zhang (ECU) wins Flight 2

Flight 3

Nicole LaDuca (ECU) defeated Patricia Alves (PC), 6-4, 6-1

Nicole LaDuca (ECU) defeated Olesya Palko (NCCU), 7-5, 6-2

Nicole LaDuca (ECU) defeated Gabby Celi (ASU), 6-3, 6-2
* Nicole LaDuca (ECU) wins Flight 3

Flight 4

Melis Tanik (ECU) defeated Aissa Muamba (NCCU), 6-3, 6-4

Melis Tanik (ECU) defeated Alicia Robinson (CCU), 4-6, 6-1 (11-9)

Melis Tanik (ECU) defeated Sarah King (ASU), 6-1, 6-1
* Melis Tanik (ECU) wins Flight 4

Flight 5