Winthrop Wins 2014 Women's Tennis Championship

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (BigSouthSports.com) – Winthrop won its 17th  Big South Conference Women’s Tennis Championship defeating No. 1 Charleston Southern, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex.  The Eagles earn the Big South’s automatic bid to the NCAA championship and their seventh consecutive League title.

After falling behind in doubles play, Winthrop rallied to win the doubles point.  Charleston Southern’s Marketa Placha and Nicolin Lucke defeated Tijana Uzelac and Beth Williamson, 8-2 on court three.  Winthrop’s Andressa and Alice Garcia topped Yvonne Hubler and Alexandra Walter, 8-5, at No. 1 before Caitlin Cridland and Ekin Gunaysu downed Alia Nour and Mi’Kola Cooper, 8-4 to clinch the doubles point. 

The Buccaneers tied the score at 1-1.  Big South Player of the Year Marketa Placha dispatched Andressa Garcia, 6-4, 6-2 at the top flight.

The Eagles answered, winning the next three points and the championship.  Cailtlin Cridland defeated Alexandra Walters, 6-4, 6-0 at No. 3.  Ekin Gunaysu then downed Mi’Kola Cooper, 6-0, 6-4 and Beth Williamson ended the match on court six, after replacing an injured Monica Aguado, beating Gabby Srodowski, 6-3, 7-5.

Winthrop (18-4) is now 17-2 all-time in Big South Women’s Tennis Championship matches and will represent the Conference in the NCAA women’s tennis championships.  The Bucs end their season with a 17-4 overall record.

Singles competition
1. Marketa Placha (CSU) def. GARCIA, Andressa (WU) 6-4, 6-2
2. Yvonne Hubler (CSU) vs. GARCIA, Alice (WU) 6-4, 1-6, 1-4, unfinished
3. CRIDLAND, Caitlin (WU) def. Alexandra Walters (CSU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Nicolin Luecke (CSU) vs. UZELAC, Tijana (WU) 6-1, 6-7, 1-0, unfinished
5. GUNAYSU, Ekin (WU) def. Mi'Kola Cooper (CSU) 6-0, 6-4
6. WILLIAMSON, Beth (WU) def. Gabriela Srodowski (CSU) 6-3, 7-5

Doubles competition
1. GARCIA, Alice/GARCIA, Andressa (WU) def. Yvonne Hubler/Alexandra Walters (CSU) 8-5
2. CRIDLAND, Caitlin/GUNAYSU, Ekin (WU) def. Alia Nour/Mi'Kola Cooper (CSU) 8-4
3. Nicolin Luecke/Marketa Placha (CSU) def. WILLIAMSON, Beth/UZELAC, Tijana (WU) 8-2

Cid Cavalho, Winthrop
“First, I want to Congratulate Charleston Southern for a great season and a great tournament.  It was a great Championship match, (Charleston Southern) played really well.”

“Second, I want to really congratulate my players.  I am really proud of them and the way they played and the way they came out and competed.  We knew it was going to be a tough match, especially after what happened last week with the rain and having to reschedule and start (the match) over again.  I am extremely proud of them and their resiliency and toughness and all I want to say is congratulations, they deserve it.”    

Mike Baker, Charleston Southern
“My hat goes off to Winthrop; they played really well today.  We were expecting to win today and they fought really hard.  My team played well also, but they just won the match from us.”