Cougars Fall Just Short of Upsetting No. 36 W&M
ELON, N.C. – The College of Charleston gave a heroic effort in their CAA Semifinal matchup against No. 36 William & Mary, but it wasn’t enough as the Tribe escaped with the 4-3 edge.
The Tribe got off to a powerful start in doubles action, suffocating the Cougars with two quick wins in the top two flights to secure the advantage heading into singles.
Katherine Schofield knotted the match up at 1-1 with a fast second-flight win over Marie Faure, picking up the 6-4, 6-1 win. The Tribe would respond in the bottom flight however, where Maria Groener retook the lead by way of a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Sarah Jane Jones.
The Tribe pushed the lead to 3-1 when Julia Casselbury recorded a 6-3, 6-4 win over Mara Argyriou, but the Cougars responded in a big way with two three-set victories. Liza Fieldsend pulled off the most impressive victory of the day by beating Elizaveta Nemchinov, the No. 108 ranked singles player in the country, by a score of 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. Senior Brooke McAmis followed suit with a come-from-behind win of her own, dropping the opening set 1-6 against Lauren Goodman before rallying back to win the next two sets 6-4 and 6-2.
That tied the match at 3-3, and set up a decisive fifth flight match between Helena Nyikos and Olivia Thaler. Nyikos had the early momentum with a 6-4 win in the first set, but Thaler pulled off 6-3 wins in both of the subsequent sets to seal the win for the Tribe, granting them a championship berth tomorrow.
“Coach Silcox, Coach Reynolds and myself are all so impressed with how these ladies have developed as not only tennis players, but as human beings,” Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. “It was huge for Liza to beat the two-time CAA Player of the Year, and I also give a lot of credit to our seniors for the way they went out. Katherine and Brook both finished their careers undefeated in conference tournament play in Elon.”
The Cougars’ season comes to an end at 16-12 on the season, a modest improvement over last season’s 14-13 finish. Katherine Schofield ends her CofC career with a 57-38 record in spring singles play and 51-36 record in doubles, while Brooke McAmis wraps up with a 43-28 record in singles and 27-22 mark in doubles.
No. 36 W&M 4, CofC 3
Liza Fieldsend def. No. 108 Elizaveta Nemchinov – 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
Katherine Schofield def. Marie Faure – 6-4, 6-1
Brooke McAmis def. Lauren Goodman – 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
Julia Casselbury def. Mara Argyriou – 6-3, 6-4
Olivia Thaler def. Helena Nyikos – 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Maria Groener def. Sarah Jane Jones – 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 4, 1, 3, 5
Faure/Goodman def. Argyriou/Schofield – 6-2
Groener/Nemchinov def. McAmis/Nyikos – 6-1
Casselbury/Thaler vs. Fieldsend/Zschunke – 5-4, unf.
Order of Finish: 2, 1