CCU, PC and RU Women's Tennis Win Sunday


Radford 4, Gardner-Webb 3

Three freshmen victories and the doubles point proved to be the difference as Radford won its fifth straight with a 4-3 victory over Gardner-Webb in Big South women's tennis action Sunday afternoon at the Webb Tennis Complex.

With the win, the Highlanders improve to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the league, while Gardner-Webb falls to 3-4 and 1-1.

Tied 3-3, Radford's Taylor Newman held off Ronia Hutterli in three sets (6-3, 3-6, 6-4) to clinch the winning point.

Fellow first-year players Gemma Valls (6-2, 6-4) and Meg Napolitano (6-3, 6-2) also recorded singles victories for the Highlanders on courts four and six, respectively.

In the doubles competition, Radford got victories from its freshmen duo of Hannah Crawford and Napolitano at the top spot as well as Petra Dajevic and Valls.

The Runnin' Bulldogs' wins came from their top-three singles positions.

Radford will continue Big South play and open its home slate Wednesday with a 2:00pm dual against Liberty.

Presbyterian 6, Western Carolina 1

The Presbyterian College women's tennis team picked up a 6-1 win on Sunday afternoon against Western Carolina, dropping only one match to the Catamounts.

PC improves to 2-5 while Western Carolina moves to 0-4.

Greer Ransom earned her first collegiate win with a victory at No. 3 singles. The freshman gutted out a 7-5 first set win over Megan McLinden and sealed the result with a victory in the second, 6-1.

To begin the day, Lindsay Krause and Cara Caruso blanked Megan McLinden and Katie Barry at the second flight doubles, 8-0.

Paige Oelke and Patricia Alves followed with a battle at No. 1, downing Ainhoa Iglesias Diaz and Karen Jimenez, 8-6. PC's third pair won by default.

In singles play, Oelke took a top-flight match from Diaz, 6-4, 6-1. Alves rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Katie Barry at the fourth flight and Caroline deLoach shut out Sarah Walters at No. 5, 6-0, 6-0.

PC's lone loss came at the second flight as Caruso fell to Jimenez, 6-2, 6-1.

The Blue Hose host UAB on Friday in their next contest. The dual match is slated to begin at 2:00pm.

Coastal Carolina 5, Wofford 2

Coastal Carolina stepped out of the Conference to defeat Wofford College 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.

The Chanticleers remain unbeaten (5-0) while Wofford drops to 3-4.

Coastal swept the doubles matches to earn the first point of the day. Following the doubles sweep, Miki Bunea defeated Sarah Evans in straight sets (6-1, 6-1) to take a 2-0 lead. Playing in the No. 6 position, Amanda Malatek defeated Samantha Sullivan 6-3, 6-2 followed by a 6-4, 6-2 win by Mikaela Kristofersson to clinch the match.

Diana Mortlock gave Coastal its fifth point in a 6-1, 7-6 (5) win over Julia Paulson. Guinn Garcia and Othilia Lindqvist won the lone matches for Wofford.

Coastal returns to the courts on Friday, March 2 at 2:00pm when they host Radford (4-2) in Conway.

No. 26 South Carolina 6, Winthrop 1

The Winthrop women's tennis team fought hard, but was unable to upset No. 26 South Carolina as the Eagles fell 6-1 Sunday afternoon at the Carolina Tennis Center.

Winthrop drops to 5-8 on the season, as South Carolina improves to 7-1.

In the doubles round, Sandra Herrera and Giovanna Portioli defeated Dominika Kanakova 8-4 in No. 2 doubles. The win was the only victory the Eagles could manage in the doubles round, as the Gamecocks came away with the doubles point.

Winthrop started quickly in the singles round as freshman Ekin Gunaysu set the tone, defeating Josefin Andersson 6-4, 6-1 to tie the score 1-1 in No. 5 singles. The Eagles fought hard in the other five singles matches, as three Eagles went into five sets, but eventually could not keep up with the nationally ranked Gamecocks. South Carolina captured the next five matches to clinch the 6-1 victory.

The Lady Eagles will be back in action on Saturday, March 10 as they will travel to Winston-Salem to take on Brown in a neutral site contest. That match is set for 2:00pm.