Cougars Surge into Semifinals, Stop Seahawks 4-0
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The College of Charleston women's tennis team made a powerful statement in the opening round of the CAA Championships on Friday, rolling over the UNCW Seahawks 4-0 to cruise into the second round of the tournament.
Due to the weather featuring some unwanted rain, all Friday matches were forced to move from Elon's Jimmy Powell Tennis Center to indoor facilities. As a result, the Cougars and Seahawks squared off in the Starmount Forest Country Club. Due to time restrictions, the squads began with singles play rather than doubles.
Though only the top four flights played concurrently, it was all the Cougars would need to vanquish UNCW the second time around this season. Mara Argyriou kicked things off with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Laura Gomez in the fourth flight, followed by Liza Fieldsend squaring of with Annika Sillanpaa in the top flight, where she earned the 6-4, 6-3 win.
From there, the CofC seniors carried the College to the win. Brooke McAmis knocked off Alix Theodossiou 6-1, 6-0 in the third flight, while Katherine Schofield ended UNCW's season with a 6-2, 6-4 win in the second flight. Both Schofield and McAmis moved to 2-0 against their foes on the season, with both having picked up three-set wins during their matchup on April 9. The Cougars managed to leave the courts relatively fresh heading into round two, having pulled off the win in only 80 minutes of play.
“I'm really pleased with our performance, the team did a great job implementing the things we've been working on the last couple weeks,” Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. “That was only our sixth indoor match of the year, so credit to our ladies who showed great flexibility and poise adapting to all of the changes today.”
With the win, the Cougars move to the semi-finals of the CAA Tournament, where William & Mary, the No. 1 seed and No. 36 ranked team in the country, await them. The Tribe knocked off No. 8 seed Hofstra 4-0 in their opening round match to earn their date with the College. W&M enjoys the talents of CAA Player of the Year Elizaveta Nemchinov, who currently ranks No. 108 in singles and No. 77 in doubles along with teammate Marie Faure.
“We have an uphill battle ahead of us against William & Mary, who have been in the Top 25 for most of the year,” Anastopoulo said. “They're certainly the better team on paper, however I like our team's attitude and the preparation they've put in for this tournament. We're going to go out there and give it everything we have against the UConn women's basketball of CAA women's tennis.”
The Cougars semi-final match is slated for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Elon's Jimmy Powell Tennis Center, weather-permitting.
CofC 4, UNCW 0
Liza Fieldsend def. Annika Sillanpaa – 6-4, 6-3
Katherine Schofield def. Christine Kharkevitch – 6-2, 6-4
Brooke McAmis def. Alix Theodossiou – 6-1, 6-0
Mara Argyriou def. Laura Gomez – 6-1, 6-2
Helena Nyikos vs. Sabrina Barisano – DNP
Sarah Jane Jones vs. Hollie Champion – DNP
Order of Finish – 4, 1, 3, 2
Argyriou/Schofield vs. Kharkevitch/Gomez – DNP
McAmis/Nyikos vs. Sillanpaa/Theodossiou – DNP
Fieldsend/Zschunke vs. Straume/Barisano – DNP