No. 1 Winthrop Advances to the Championship


ASHEVILLE, N.C. ( - The No. 1 seed Winthrop Eagles earned a 4-0 decision over the No. 4 seed Radford Highlanders on Friday at Asheville Racquet Club South, earning a berth in the championship match of the 2012 Big South Conference Women's Tennis Championship.

With the win the Eagles improve to 12-10 on the year while Radford finishes the season with a mark of 17-7.

Winthrop's No. 1 doubles of Yasmine Alkema and Andressa Garcia won an 8-3 decision over Radford's No. 1 while the Eagles' combination of Ekin Gunaysu and Camille Amrani took out the Highlanders' No. 3 team, 8-2, earning the doubles point for WU.

Gunaysu then defeated Taylor Newman of Radford 6-1, 6-1, to put Winthrop up 2-0 in the match.  Alkema earned a 6-1, 6-0, decision over the Highlanders' Petra Dajevic to increase WU's lead to 3-0.

Winthrop's Garcia then won the No. 2 singles flight 6-2, 6-3, to give the Eagles the victory.

The Eagles will face the winner of the Charleston Southern vs. Coastal Carolina match on Saturday, April 21 at 9:00am.

Winthrop 4, Radford 0

Singles competition
1. ALKEMA, Yasmine (WUW) def. DAJEVIC, Petra (RU-W) 6-1, 6-0
2. GARCIA, Andressa (WUW) def. CRAWFORD, Hannah (RU-W) 6-2, 6-3
3. HERRERA, Sandra (WUW) vs. DROBNJAK, Mia (RU-W) 6-1, 2-5, unfinished
4. PORTIOLI, Giovanna (WUW) vs. VALLS, Gemma (RU-W) 6-1, 2-1, unfinished
5. GUNAYSU, Ekin (WUW) def. NEWMAN, Taylor (RU-W) 6-1, 6-1
6. AGUADO, Monica (WUW) vs. NAPOLITANO, Meg (RU-W) 6-5, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. ALKEMA, Yasmine/GARCIA, Andressa (WUW) def. DROBNJAK, Mia/NEWMAN, Taylor (RU-W) 8-3
2. HERRERA, Sandra/PORTIOLI, Giovanna (WUW) vs. NAPOLITANO, Meg/CRAWFORD, Hannah (RU-W) 5-4, unfinished
3. GUNAYSU, Ekin/AMRANI, Camille (WUW) def. DAJEVIC, Petra/VALLS, Gemma (RU-W) 8-2