Cougars Conclude Regular Season 15-11 with 4-3 Win Over UNCW
WILMINGTON, N.C. - The College of Charleston women's tennis team (15-11) wrapped up the regular season with a win on the road Saturday, going into hostile territory to take down the UNCW Seahawks (8-8) by a score of 4-3.
The start and end of the match didn't go well for the Cougars, but it was in the middle where the Cougars won the day. The Seahawks claimed the doubles point quickly, taking the second flight 6-1 and the first flight 6-3 to secure the point. Though it didn't weigh on the result of the contest, Liza Fieldsend and Sarah Zschunke scored a 6-4 win over Sabrina Barisano and Madara Straume in flight three to give CofC some momentum headed into singles, which proved to be crucial.
Mara Argyriou avenged her doubles loss with a 6-4, 6-0 thrashing of Laura Gomez in flight four to tie the match 1-1. Sarah Jane Jones snapped her losing skid and gave the Cougars the 2-1 lead thanks to a 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Thai Thompson in the sixth flight.
From there, every remaining singles match would require three sets to decide, and fortunately for the Cougars, the next two would clinch the CofC win. Brooke McAmis fell 6-1 in the opening set of the third flight matchup against Alix Theodossiou, but dug deep to bounce back with a 6-4 win in the second set, followed by a 6-0 sweep in set three to secure the win. Likewise, Katherine Schofield went down 6-4 in set one to Christine Kharkevitch, but rallied back to win the match with a 6-4, 6-2 effort in sets two and three to put UNCW away.
With the match already decided, Liza Fieldsend and Helena Nyikos both fell in the first and fifth sets respectively. However, both gave their opponents all they could handle, each forcing tiebreaks to decide one of the sets.
“I'm proud of our effort today,” Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. “UNCW's a talented team and they got the best of us in the doubles, but we adapted and responded well after that. Both teams should be commended with how they dealt with playing in 30 mph winds.”
The Cougars will now wait for the rest of the teams in the CAA to conclude their regular seasons, and await the announcement of the seeding order for the conference tournament. The CAA Championship runs from April 21 through April 24, and will take place at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center in Elon, N.C.
CofC 4, UNCW 3
Madara Straume def. Liza Fieldsend – 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(5)
Katherine Schofield def. Christine Kharkevitch – 4-6, 6-4. 6-2
Brooke McAmis def. Alix Theodossiou – 1-6, 6-4, 6-0
Mara Argyriou def. Laura Gomez – 6-4, 6-0
Sabrina Barisano def. Helena Nyikos – 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-4
Sarah Jane Jones def. Thai Thompson – 7-5, 6-4
Order of Finish – 4, 6, 3, 2, 1, 5
Gomez/Kharkevitch def. Argyriou/Schofield – 6-3
Theodossiou/Sillanpaa def. McAmis/Nyikos – 6-1
Fieldsend/Zschunke def. Barisano/Straume – 6-4
Order of Finish – 2, 1, 3