CSU, RU and WU Win Saturday


Radford 4, Campbell 3 *

Once again the doubles point proved to be the difference as Radford held off Campbell, 4-3, in Big South women's tennis action Saturday afternoon at the RU Tennis Courts.
The Highlanders, who are 6-3 in one-point matches this season, improved to 14-5 overall and 3-3 in the league, while the Camels fell to 9-6 and 1-5.
In doubles, the freshmen duo of Hannah Crawford and Meg Napolitano improved to 16-3 and secured the team point for Radford with an 8-4 victory on court two. Petra Dajevic and Gemma Valls provided the other triumph, defeating Natasha Afridi and Anais Gomar, 8-3.
The Highlanders extended their lead to 3-0 with wins from Mia Drobnjak (6-4, 6-3) and Taylor Newman (6-1, 6-2) on courts three and five, respectively.
Along with clinching the match, Napolitano won her 12th straight and moved to a team-best 17-2 on the season with her straight-set win over Katya Yegoreychanko at the final singles position.
With the match already decided, each of Campbell's victories came by way of three sets at positions one, two and four.
Radford returns to action with a 1 p.m. dual against Winthrop tomorrow afternoon at the RU Tennis Courts.

Charleston Southern 6, Presbyterian 1 *

The Charleston Southern tennis team cruised to a third consecutive victory with a 6-1 triumph over Presbyterian College on Saturday afternoon. CSU (12-3, 5-1) swept the doubles portion of play, and earned wins at each of the first five singles positions.

Olga Makhova dominated after not competing in singles play in CSU's Friday win over UNC Asheville, as the two-time Big South Player of the Year blanked PC's Paige Oelke in straight sets. Alexandra Walters enjoyed a straight sets victory out of the number three spot, but the Bucs proved their mettle to come out on top in three-set battles in three other matchups.

Yvonne Hubler dropped her first set, 6-2, before bouncing back for a pair of 6-1 wins, while Angelica Sidorenko sandwiched a pair of 6-1 decisions around a 1-6 second-set setback.

Susita Das won a nip and tuck battle with the Blue Hose Caroline de Loach at number five singles, claiming a pair of tiebreakers including an 11-9 affair to clinch the match.

CSU had their way in doubles for a second consecutive day, with Hubler and Walters improving their team-best mark in 8-4 fashion.

Next up for the Bucs is a trip to Buies Creek, N.C. for a matchup with Campbell Friday at 2:00pm. The Fighting Camels currently stand at 9-4 and 1-3 in league action.

Winthrop 7, Liberty 0 *

The Winthrop women's tennis team remained unbeaten in the conference as the Eagles blanked Liberty 7-0 Saturday afternoon at the Hershey Tennis Courts.

With the victory, the Eagles move to 9-10 on the year and 5-0 in the Big South, as Liberty falls to 10-11 overall and 3-4 in the conference.

In the doubles round, the Eagles earned the doubles point, capturing all three matches. At the No. 1 spot, Yasmine Alkema and Andressa Garcia defeated Cameron Richard and Brittany Yang 8-5, as Giovanna Portioli and Sandra Herrera knocked off Rebekah Jenkins and Alexandra Sheeran 8-6 at the No. 2 position. Rounding out the doubles round was Monica Aguado and Ekin Gunaysu taking down Jessie Boda and Carol Lobel 9-8 at No. 3.

With the momentum created in the doubles round, the Eagles continued their winning trend in the singles round. Alkema continued her dominance in the conference, defeating Sheeran 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, as Garica captured a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Richard at the No. 2 spot. In No. 3 singles, Herrera brought down Yang 6-2, 6-1, as Portioli tallied a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Jenkins in No. 4. Closing out the singles match was Aguado defeating Nicola Wellman 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6, as Gunaysu went three sets with Lobel, eventually winning 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 5 spot.

Winthrop will remain in Virginia and head to Radford on Sunday, April 1. That match is set for 1:00pm.

CCU, UNC Asheville Match Postponed

The UNC Asheville men's and women's tennis matches at Coastal Carolina on Saturday were postponed due to rain in the Myrtle Beach area.

The teams will make the match up on April 14 at Coastal Carolina. The Bulldog men's team plays again on Tuesday in a key Big South Conference match vs. Gardner-Webb at the Asheville Racquet Club downtown starting at 2:30 p.m.

The women's team also hostgs Gardner-Webb this week. They'll face the Runnin Bulldogs on Wednesday at 2:30pm.