Winthrop 7, Presbyterian 0
The Winthrop women's tennis team clinched their fifteenth regular-season Conference championship in twenty years Friday afternoon with a 7-0 victory over Presbyterian College on Senior Day.
The victory takes Winthrop to a perfect 8-0 Conference record and a 12-10 mark, overall. The win also clinches the No. 1 seed in the Conference tournament, starting next Thursday. This is the third-straight Conference regular-season title for the Eagles.
The Eagles started strong in the doubles round, cruising in all three matches over Presbyterian College (10-13, 1-7). Junior Yasmine Alkema and sophomore Andressa Garcia closed out Paige Oelke and Patricia Alves 8-1 at No. 1 doubles, insuring the tandem will finish the Conference schedule with a perfect 8-0 at the No. 1 doubles position.
Senior Sandra Herrera and junior Giovanna Portioli blanked Caroline deLoach and Greer Ransom 8-0 at the No. 2 position, while freshmen Ekin Gunaysu and Camille Amrani earned an 8-4 win over Lindsay Krause and Cara Caruso at the No. 3 spot.
In the singles round, Winthrop continued to roll, claiming straight-set victories in all six matches. Alkema, Garcia and Portioli dropped just five games combined, as they all finished the Conference season with perfect 8-0 records in their respective flights.
Herrera tallied a 6-1, 6-2 win over Ransom at the No. 3 position in her final match at Memorial Courts, and freshmen Gunaysu and Monica Aguado also earned victories to close out the 7-0 victory.
Winthrop will begin its tournament run on Thursday, April 19 in Asheville, NC, as the Eagles will face the No. 8 seed that will be determined after this weekend's matches. That match is slated for 8:30am. PC concludes its regular-season play and is not eligible for the Conference tournament.
Coastal Carolina 7, East Carolina 0
The Coastal Carolina women's tennis team shut out the East Carolina Pirates, 7-0, Friday afternoon at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.
The Chants swept the Pirates on the doubles side led by seniors Miki Bunea and Diana Mortlock (8-1) followed by the duo of Katie Fosnacht and Mikaela Kristofersson (8-4) and Kourtney Kowal and Maria Hesketh (8-6).
Amanda Malatek opened the singles side with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Abby Richmond backed up by a 6-1, 6-2 win for Fosnacht. Kristofersson sealed the win with a 6-2, 6-4 win at the No. 4 flight. Mortlock (6-4, 6-1), Kowal (5-7, 6-3, 10-3) and Bunea (6-3, 7-6 (5)) completed Coastal's sixth shutout of the year.
"We did a great job of controlling the tempo of the match today and taking care of business," said head coach Catherine Hewitt.
Coastal concludes its regular season with its last conference match tomorrow (Sat.) against UNC Asheville at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center with first serve set for 2:00pm. Bunea and Mortlock will be honored on Saturday as a part of Senior Day.
Campbell 5, Charlotte 2
The Campbell University Women's Tennis team won its regular-season finale 5-2 Friday afternoon over Charlotte. Natasha Afridi clinched the match for Camels (11-7, 2-6), while senior Anais Gomar won her last home match in the orange and black.
Trailing 2-0, Gomar put the Camels on the board with her win over Emmanuelle Briant in the six spot (6-3, 6-4). The Lleida, Spain native is 11-6 this season, and is 3-0 in her last three matches.
Shortly after Gomar's win, freshman Katya Yegorychenko tied the match at 2-2 by defeating Iveta Guneva (6-2, 6-3) in the five spot. Karolina Chernaya would then give Campbell its first lead of the day at 3-2 by knocking off Alexandra Zinn (6-3, 7-5) in the one spot. Chernaya is 12-6 this season and 4-3 in her last seven matches.
Campbell would keep the momentum going as Afridi would clinch the match for the Camels by beating Andrea Rivera (7-6, 6-2) in the two spot. The Tokyo, Japan native is 4-0 since moving to the two spot and stands at 12-4 this season. Tamara Stanic would give the Camels their fifth and final point with her victory in the three spot.
Campbell returns to the courts Thursday, April 19 at the Big South Tournament in Asheville, N.C.