No. 1 Winthrop Defeats No. 8 UNC Asheville, 4-0


ASHEVILLE, N.C. ( – No. 1 seed Winthrop downed No. 8 seed UNC Asheville, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the Big South Conference Women's Tennis Championship Thursday morning at the Asheville Racquet Club South.

Winthrop took the doubles point as the No. 2 team of Sandra Herrera and Givanna Portioli downed Jenna Dodge and Amryn Soldier, 8-0 and No. 3 team of Camille Amrani and Ekin Gunaysu downed Devon Cavanaugh and Amie Cloer, 8-2.

In singles action, Yasmine Alkema won at No. 1 over Emily McNall, 6-0, 6-1. Portiolli downed Dodge at No. 4, 6-0, 6-0. Gunaysu also won 6-0, 6-0 over Amie Cloer.

For the Bulldogs, senior Devon Cavanaugh won the first set 6-1 and was tied 1-1 before the match was over.

The Lady Eagles (11-10) advance to the semifinals of the tournament on Friday, April 20 where they will face the winner of the Gardner-Webb vs. Radford at 10:00am. The Bulldogs end their season with a 6-16 overall record.

Singles competition
1. ALKEMA, Yasmine (WUW) def. MCNALL, Emily (ASHW) 6-0, 6-1
2. GARCIA, Andressa (WUW) vs. SOLDIER, Amryn (ASHW) 6-2, 2-2, unfinished
3. HERRERA, Sandra (WUW) vs. BOISSEVAIN, Christin (ASHW) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
4. PORTIOLI, Giovanna (WUW) def. DODGE, Jenna (ASHW) 6-0, 6-0
5. GUNAYSU, Ekin (WUW) def. CLOER, Amie (ASHW) 6-0, 6-0
6. AGUADO, Monica (WUW) vs. CAVANAUGH, Devon (ASHW) 2-6, 1-1, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. ALKEMA, Yasmine/GARCIA, Andressa (WUW) def. BOISSEVAIN, Christin/MCNALL, Emily (ASHW) 7-2
2. HERRERA, Sandra/PORTIOLI, Giovanna (WUW) def. DODGE, Jenna/SOLDIER, Amryn (ASHW) 8-0
3. AMRANI, Camille/GUNAYSU, Ekin (WUW) def. CAVANAUGH, Devon/CLOER, Amie (ASHW) 8-2