CHARLESTON, S.C. - The No. 65-ranked and second-seeded College of Charleston women's tennis team started postseason tournament play with a 4-0 rout of seventh-seeded Elon in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Southern Conference Tennis Championships held on Friday afternoon at the Earle Tennis Center on the campus of The Citadel.
With the victory, the Cougars (23-5) advanced to tomorrow's semifinals to take on third-seeded Furman (14-9) at 3 p.m. (ET) at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point. CofC is the three-time defending tournament champion and will face the Paladins for the first time ever in the SoCon semis.
CofC allowed only six games in its winning doubles matches and only nine games in its singles matches which catapulted the team to the four deciding match points against the Phoenix (15-9).
The Cougars used the doubles combinations of sophomore Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) and freshman Jenny Falcone (Davidson, N.C.) at No. 2 and junior Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) and senior Katie Lee (Brisbane, Australia) at No. 3 to win the doubles point with a pair of 8-3 pro-sets.
"We had a nice start in doubles, especially at No. 2 and No. 3, with their performances to win it," CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. "I was equally impressed with the play of Samantha (Maddox) and Irene (Viana) at No. 1. They were up 6-4 against the best team in the conference in doubles, who were 19-2 coming into the match, before the doubles point was decided."
Jenny Falcone improved her impressive rookie-year record to a team-best 19-4 with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Elon's Viviana Stavreva at No. 5 singles followed by Kelly Kambourelis with her eighth-straight win at the No. 2 line with a 6-2, 6-1 decision versus Bryn Khoury. Katie Lee clinched the match with a love first set and 10-game second set against Maria Camara Ruiz at the No. 6 line.
"In singles, our No. 5 and No. 6 were on fire today," Anastopoulo said. "We had lost those two matches the first time we played against Elon this season. To come out there to win those, 6-1, 6-1, and 6-0, 6-4, in conjunction with what Kelly does out on the court, it made a potentially long match end up being a very quick match. It was exactly what we were looking for - not to spend too much time on the court."
CofC has now made an appearance in the semifinals in each of the last 12 years. The Cougars previously held on for a 4-3 road win at Furman during the regular season on April 11.
"We look forward to another rematch with Furman," Anastopoulo said. "We were lucky to win up at their place with Caroline Newman coming back from a 5-1 deficit in the third set to win it for us. It will be an equally challenging task again. It will be a great match and we will have to be at our best against the best coach in the conference, Coach (Debbie) Southern, who will have her team ready to play."
#2 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 4, #7 ELON 0
April 20, 2012
Earle Tennis Center
at Charleston, S.C.
No. 1 - Christin Newman (CofC) vs. Jordan Johnston (Elon), 7-5, 2-4, DNF.
No. 2 - Kelly Kambourelis (CofC) def. Bryn Khoury (Elon), 6-2, 6-1.
No. 3 - Caroline Newman (CofC) vs. Frida Jansaker (Elon), 2-6, 1-2, DNF.
No. 4 - Samantha Maddox (CofC) vs. Barbora Lazarova (Elon), 0-6, 3-4, DNF.
No. 5 - Jenny Falcone (CofC) def. Viviana Stavreva (Elon), 6-1, 6-1.
No. 6 - Katie Lee (CofC) def. Maria Camara Ruiz (Elon), 6-0, 6-4.
No. 1 - Samantha Maddox-Irene Viana (CofC) vs. Jordan Johnston-Frida Jansaker (Elon), 6-5, DNF.
No. 2 - Kelly Kambourelis-Jenny Falcone (CofC) def. Barbora Lazarova-Maria Camara Ruiz (Elon), 8-3.
No. 3 - Christin Newman-Katie Lee (CofC) def. Viviana Stavreva-Briana Berne (Elon), 8-3.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 2, 3
Singles: 5, 2, 6*