CCU, GWU and WU Win Sunday
Winthrop 6, Radford 1 *
The Winthrop women's tennis team continued their conference winning streak, knocking off Radford 6-1 Sunday afternoon at the RU Tennis Courts.
The victory evens up Winthrop's overall record to 10-10 and maintains the perfect conference record to 6-0. Radford falls to 14-6 on the year and 3-4 in the Big South.
The Eagles started the match with three victories in the doubles round, earning the opening point. Sandra Herrera and Giovanna Portioli notched an 8-1 win over Hannah Crawford and Meg Napolitano at the No. 2 position, as the freshman tandem of Monica Aguado and Ekin Gunaysu defeated Petra Dajevic and Gemma Valls with a matching 8-1 score at No. 3. Capping off the doubles round was Yasmina Alkema and Andressa Garcia winning 8-4.
The winning ways continued for Winthrop in the singles round, as four Eagles captured straight set victories. Alkema defeated Dajevic 6-0, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, as Garcia took down Crawford 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 2 position. At No. 3 singles, Herrera earned a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Mia Drobnjak, and Portioli defeated Valls 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4
Earning the last point for Winthrop was Aguado, as she defeated Napolitano 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 6 slot.
Winthrop will be back in action on Friday, April 6, as the Eagles will face Coastal Carolina at the Memorial Courts. That match is set for 2:00pm and admission is free.
Radford will host North Carolina Central on April 6 at 3:30pm.
Coastal Carolina 7, Presbyterian 0 *
The Coastal Carolina women's tennis team remained undefeated in Big South play with a 7-0 shutout win over Presbyterian College on Sunday at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.
Coastal (13-3, 5-0) won all three doubles matches to take the doubles point. The Chants proceeded to win all six matches with five of them coming in straight sets over the Blue Hose (7-11, 0-5).
Coastal will travel to Rock Hill on Friday, April 6 to take on Conference foe Winthrop with first-place in the Big South on the line.
Presbyterian will host Converse on April 4 at 3:00pm.
Gardner-Webb 7, Western Carolina 0 *
Gardner-Webb swept all matches Sunday afternoon, earning a 7-0 win over Western Carolina in its final home match of the 2012 season.
Gardner-Webb (11-8, 3-4) took a 1-0 lead early in the match, sweeping the doubles positions to foster early momentum. Erica White and Ronia Hutterli earned an 8-0 win at No. 3 over the Catamount tandem Sarah Walters/Taylor Casey, and Alice Hopkins teamed with Yasmin Doost to take an 8-1 win over Karen Jimenez/Katie Berry at the No. 2 position. The Runnin' Bulldog duo of Ioana Oprea/Jenny Lunde tacked on an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles, outlasting Western Carolina's Ainhoa Iglesias Diaz/Megan McLinden.
The Runnin' Bulldogs carried the momentum over to singles, where they earned victories at each position. Senior Tavenner Black took a 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Casey at No. 5 singles, earning her third win of the season in giving Gardner-Webb the point.
Lunde picked up her ninth singles win of the year with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at the No. 4 spot, besting Walters to earn the win.
Gardner-Webb got strong play, as it has all season, from its No. 1, 2, and 3 singles players, as White, Hopkins, and Oprea each recorded singles wins on Sunday. Oprea posted a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 over Berry, Hopkins beat McLinden at 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2, and White cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win against Iglesias at the No. 1 position.
White, Hopkins, and Oprea are a combined 46-11 at the top three singles positions this season.
Prior to the match, GWU's seniors Tavenner Black and Ioana Oprea were recognized for their contributions to the Gardner-Webb community both on the court and off.
Gardner-Webb turns around to play at Charlotte on Monday, scheduled for a 1:00pm start time.