ELON, N.C. - The No. 61st-ranked College of Charleston women's tennis team held off Elon in a 4-3 road thriller held Friday afternoon at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.
With the match tied at three-all, freshman Samantha Maddox (Lexington, Ky.) won her second-set tiebreaker, 8-6, to force the match into a deciding third set at No. 4 singles. Maddox came through in the clutch with a 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3 victory over Elon's Barbora Lazarova to clinch the road win as CofC remains unbeaten in Southern Conference play. She is currently on a team-best six-match win streak.
The Cougars (18-4, 7-0 SoCon) also got singles wins from junior Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) and sophomore Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) at the top two lines and claimed the doubles point over the Phoenix (14-7, 5-4 SoCon) with a pair of 8-1 victories from Kambourelis and freshman Jenny Falcone (Davidson, N.C.) at No. 2 and the Newman sisters at No. 3.
"Elon was better than us in the singles today," CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. "Sam (Maddox) survived her match point in the second set and we were lucky. Elon was the better team today and we were fortunate to win."
CofC will have less than 24 hours to prepare for another tough road test at UNCG (12-4, 7-0 SoCon) tomorrow at noon (ET) in Greensboro, N.C.
(61) COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 4, ELON 3
April 6, 2012
The Jimmy Powell Tennis Center
at Elon, N.C.
No. 1 - Christin Newman (CofC) Jordan Johnston (Elon), 6-4, 6-3.
No. 2 - Kelly Kambourelis (CofC) def. Bryn Khoury (Elon), 6-3, 6-0.
No. 3 - Frida Jansaker (Elon) def. Caroline Newman (CofC), 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 4 - Samantha Maddox (CofC) def. Barbora Lazarova (Elon), 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3.
No. 5 - Viviana Stavreva (Elon) def. Jenny Falcone (CofC), 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-1.
No. 6 - Maria Camara Ruiz (Elon) def. Katie Lee (CofC), 6-1, 6-4.
No. 1 - Jordan Johnston-Frida Jansaker (Elon) def. Irene Viana-Jamie Harrell (CofC), 8-2.
No. 2 - Kelly Kambourelis-Jenny Falcone (CofC) def. Barbora Lazarova-Maria Camara Ruiz (Elon), 8-1.
No. 3 - Christin Newman-Caroline Newman (CofC) def. Viviana Stavreva-Briana Berne (Elon), 8-1.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 3, 2, 1
Singles: 6, 2, 1, 5, 3, 4*