DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 62-ranked College of Charleston women's tennis team improved to 2-1 on the season with a 4-2 victory over No. 74 Wisconsin in the consolation match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event held on Sunday afternoon at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center on the campus of host Duke University.
Senior Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) clinched the dual match with a 7-5, 6-4 straight-set victory over Hannah Berner at No. 1 singles. The Cougars (2-1) previously beat the more indoor-experienced Badgers (0-2) in non-conference play outdoors, 6-1, in March of 2011.
"To defeat a team like Wisconsin, especially indoors, is a great win for our program on a national stage," CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. "Without a doubt, they are a great indoor team, are much improved and will be a team that is going to do well in the Big Ten Conference this year. I'm really proud of the team and how they came back from a tough loss yesterday to Wyoming."
CofC claimed the doubles point early behind the combination of junior Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) and sophomore Jenny Falcone (Davidson, N.C.) winning an 8-1 pro-set over Wisconsin's Lauren Burich and Helen Rabot at the No. 2 line. Newman and freshman Katherine Schofield (Franklin, Tenn.) closed out the point with an 8-6 defeat of Katie Hoch and Anastasia Tripolskay at the No. 3 position.
"Katherine (Schofield) did not anticipate playing today, but stepped up, performed well and played with great enthusiasm and energy against Wisconsin," Anastopoulo said. "She and Christin did a good job of closing the doubles point at the end, after Samantha (Maddox) and Irene (Viana) came up short in their comeback from being down 5-1 at No. 1 doubles. Kelly (Kambourelis) and Jenny (Falcone) did a great job being up 3-1 in deuce points, after 0-4 in a sudden death situation yesterday against Wyoming in doubles."
Preceding Newman with singles victories aiding in the final team score were sophomore Samantha Maddox (Lexington, Ky.) with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Lauren Burich at the No. 4 line, and the rookie Schofield, who collected her first collegiate win with a 6-4, 6-1 decision over Helen Rabot at No. 6.
The Cougars will welcome back former players for CofC Alumni Weekend on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Their alumni match will begin at 10 a.m. (ET).
(62) COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 4, (74) WISCONSIN 2
ITA KICK-OFF WEEKEND
Jan. 27, 2013
Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center
at Durham, N.C.
No. 1 - Christin Newman (CofC) def. Hannah Berner (Wisconsin), 7-5, 6-4.
No. 2 - Lauren Chypyha (Wisconsin) def. Kelly Kambourelis (CofC), 6-2, 6-1.
No. 3 - Jenny Falcone (CofC) vs. Katie Hoch (Wisconsin), 3-6, 6-3, 5-2 (DNF).
No. 4 - Samantha Maddox (CofC) def. Lauren Burich (Wisconsin), 6-4, 6-3.
No. 5 - Anastasia Tripolskay (Wisconsin) def. Grace Baker (CofC), 6-2, 7-6 (8).
No. 6 - Katherine Schofield (CofC) def. Helen Rabot (Wisconsin), 6-4, 6-1.
No. 1 - Hannah Berner-Lauren Chypyha (Wisconsin) def. Samantha Maddox-Irene Viana (CofC), 8-7 (3).
No. 2 - Kelly Kambourelis-Jenny Falcone (CofC) def. Lauren Burich-Helen Rabot (Wisconsin), 8-1.
No. 3 - Christin Newman-Katherine Schofield (CofC) def. Katie Hoch-Anastasia Tripolskay, (Wisconsin), 8-6.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 2, 1, 3*
Singles: 2, 4, 6, 5, 1*