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The College Pushes Past Pirates 4-2

          Release: 03/25/2016
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MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The College of Charleston women’s tennis team (14-10) closed out its spree of five matches in five days on a high note Friday, knocking off the East Carolina Pirates (12-7) by a score of 4-2.

After dropping the doubles point Thursday against Marshall, the Cougars fired back with a purpose Friday, putting the point to bed quickly. Liza Fieldsend and Sarah Zschunke drew first blood in the third flight over Michelle Castro and Annija Veinsteina, picking off the 6-3 win to give the Cougars the early edge.

Mara Argyriou and Katherine Schofield followed up and responded to two straight losses in doubles by picking up a 6-3 win in the top flight over Celia Ruiz and Nicole LaDuca. That brought their spring record to 18-4, and gave CofC the doubles point.

Singles got off to a rocky start when Sarah Jane Jones fell to Katie Hoch 6-0, 6-3 in the fifth flight, but the course corrected for the Cougars by way of a banged up Mara Argyriou battling through an upper-body injury to hand LaDuca a 6-2, 6-2 defeat in the third flight to take the 2-1 edge for the Cougars.

In the second flight, Katherine Schofield and Maria Storozheva put on an exciting display that required a tiebreaker to decide. Schofield won the opening set 6-3, and after falling behind in the second set, fought her way back to ultimately claim the set and match with a 7-6(3) win.

Junior Liza Fieldsend sealed the win for the College with an exciting affair of her own in the top flight against Celia Ruiz. Fieldsend would claim the first and third sets 6-2, but Ruiz added some drama to the outcome by earning a hard-fought 7-6(3) win in the second set. Nonetheless, the College won the day with the score 4-2, leading to Helena Nyikos’ remaining fourth flight matchup to be called early.

“I’m proud of the way we responded after a couple of tough 4-3 losses,” Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. “Coming out and defeating a team we lost to last year was big, and we really finished off this stretch of matches on a high note.”

With their 14th win of the year under their belt, the Cougars are guaranteed to close out 2016 with a winning record. It will be the 24th time in 25 seasons coaching the CofC women’s team that Anastopoulo will accomplish that distinction.

After playing ten matches in 12 days, the Cougars will at long last have a chance to rest and heal up before playing again. Their next match will be their final home contest of the season, their senior day matchup with the Liberty Flames (11-8) on Friday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m.

CofC 4, ECU 2
Liza Fieldsend def. Celia Ruiz – 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2
Katherine Schofield def. Maria Storozheva – 6-3, 7-6(3)
Mara Argyriou def. Nicole LaDuca – 6-2, 6-2
Helena Nyikos vs. Michelle Castro – 4-6, 6-1, 2-3, unf.
Katie Hoch def. Sarah Jane Jones – 6-0, 6-3
Sarah Sarjoo def. Diana Colen – 6-2, 7-5
Order of Finish: 5, 3, 2, 6, 1
Argyriou/Schofield def. LaDuca/Ruiz – 6-3
McAmis/Nyikos vs. Sarjoo/Storozheva – 4-3, unf.
Fieldsend/Zschunke def. Castro/Veinsteina – 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1