MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The No. 63-ranked College of Charleston women’s tennis team got off to a great start to its spring season via a decisive 6-1 victory over the five-time and defending Big South champion Winthrop Eagles on Saturday afternoon at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point.
Sophomore Samantha Maddox (Lexington, Ky.) stepped up big as she clinched the fourth and winning point of the match for the Cougars (1-0) with a comeback 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Winthrop’s Caitland Cridland in the No. 5 singles slot.
Senior Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) won her first match against a nationally-ranked opponent and also overcame a shoulder injury in taking down No. 95-ranked Yasmine Alkema in a thrilling 6-7, 7-6, 10-5 victory in No. 1 singles.
Junior Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) chipped in with a win in her match against Andressa Garcia of Winthrop 6-4, 6-3 in No. 2 singles, while freshman Brooke McAmis (Greensboro, N.C.) was victorious with a score of 6-2, 6-4 over Alice Garcia of the Eagles in the No.3 spot.
Sophomore Grace Baker (Charlotte, N.C.) added to the team score with a close-fought 7-5, 7-6 win over Ekin Gunaysu of Winthrop in No. 6 singles.
“It was a very hard-fought win. It was a lot closer than the overall score of 6-1,” CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. “We showed a lot of character by winning against a very talented Winthrop team that I’m sure is going to be a front-runner to win the Big South again this year. I’m also very proud of Christin Newman picking up a very good win over Yasmine Alkema who’s currently ranked 95th in the country. That was an awesome way for Christin to start to her senior season.”
In doubles play, the Cougars got off to a slow start when Winthrop’s Yasmine Alkema and Andressa Garcia won over freshman Katherine Schofield (Franklin, Tenn.) and senior Irene Viana (Paris, France), 8-2. However, CofC gained new life as the duo of sophomore Jenny Falcone (Davidson, N.C.) and Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) pulled off an 8-6 victory No. 2 doubles. Finally, in No. 3 doubles, the Greensboro, N.C. duo of senior Christin Newman and freshman Brooke McAmis capped off the come-from-behind win and captured the doubles point by a score of 8-6 over Winthrop’s Ekin Gunaysu and Caitlin Cridland.
The Cougars will next be in action on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. (ET) when they take on Wyoming in Durham, N.C. in round one of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
(63) COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 6, WINTHROP 1
January 19, 2013
CofC Tennis Center
at Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
No. 1 – Christin Newman (CofC) Yasmine Alkema (Winthrop), 6-7, 7-6.
No. 2 – Kelly Kambourelis (CofC) def. Andressa Garcia (Winthrop), 6-4, 6-3.
No. 3 – Brooke McAmis (CofC) def. Alice Garcia (Winthrop), 6-2, 6-4.
No. 4 – Giovanna Portioli (Winthrop) def. Jenny Falcone (CofC), 6-2, 6-4.
No. 5 – Samantha Maddox (CofC) def. Caitlin Cridland (Winthrop), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
No. 6 – Grace Baker (CofC) def. Ekin Gunaysu (Winthrop), 7-5, 7-6.
No. 1 – Yasmine Alkema-Andressa Garcia (Winthrop) def. Katherine Schofield-Irene Viana (CofC), 8-2.
No. 2 – Jenny Falcone-Kelly Kambourelis (CofC) def. Giovanna Portioli-Alice Garcia (Winthrop), 8-6.
No. 3 – Christin Newman-Brooke McAmis (CofC) def. Ekin Gunaysu-Caitlin Cridland (Winthrop), 8-6.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 2, 4, 3, 5*, 6, 1