Senior tennis player Nastja Rettich led East Carolina University women’s tennis team in its first full roster tournament, going undefeated in her singles matches.
Rettich played her first match against Coastal Carolina University freshman Valentina Urelli, she won the first two sets needed to win the match (6-3, 6-0). The next round Rettich took on was a player from Campbell University where she defeated her opponent in the first two sets once again (6-2, 6-1). The final singles round Rettich completed her undefeated singles run against University of North Carolina at Greensboro sophomore Ariana Chan (6-2, 6-1).
“Congratulations to Nastja Rettich, who had a great tournament, winning all three singles matches and two of three in doubles,” head coach Tom Morris said in a press release.
Pirate freshman Sibel Tanik and Hanna Axelsson and sophomore Michelle Ncube all made their ECU debuts in this tournament. Tanik won her matches against Campbell (6-0, 6-1) and UNCG (6-1, 6-3), only losing her first singles match against Coastal Carolina, 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7).
Overall the Pirates had better luck in the doubles matches. Axelsson and Tanik paired to win all three of their doubles matches (6-4, 7-5, 6-2). The duo of Rettich and Ncube won two of their three matches (3-6, 7-6, 7-5).
"Overall, I felt we played doubles pretty well, however I am disappointed in our singles results," Morris said in a press release. "We fought hard and gave ourselves many opportunities throughout this event and then failed to play the critical points well. I believe we had prepared well, but played very nervous in some matches as we had three players playing their first event as a Pirate. This tournament was an important event to play, showing some areas in which we need work.”
Next for the Pirates, junior Alisa Diercksen and senior Lisa Hofbauer will head to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the ITA All-American Championships to compete in the doubles qualifying draw on Oct. 7.