MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The No. 67-ranked College of Charleston women’s tennis team netted CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo his 400th career victory as the CofC women’s head coach as the Cougars defeated Kansas, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point.
The Cougars (3-1) got off to a challenging start when junior Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) went down with an ankle injury in doubles which forced CofC to forfeit her match and consequently lose the doubles point.
However, CofC managed to storm back in singles behind wins by senior Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) at No. 1 singles and freshman Brooke McAmis (Greensboro, N.C.) at the No. 2 slot.
Senior Olivia McMillan (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) put the Cougars up 3-1 when she defeated Dylan Windom of Kansas, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, in a tough three-setter on court No. 5.
The Jayhawks (3-2) topped CofC at No. 4 and No. 6 singles which tied the match at 3-3 and put the pressure on sophomore Samantha Maddox (Lexington, Ky.) to win her match to clinch the victory for the Cougars.
Maddox delivered as she overcame KU’s Maria Belen Luduena in a come-from-behind, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, thriller at No. 3 singles.
“This is a match that I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” Anastopoulo said. “Even after losing Kelly (Kambourelis) and having three regular starters out of the singles lineup, we came back and won four singles. To do that against a team of Kansas’ caliber is really a tribute to the fight that the team showed. We’re just taking an attitude of next one up when one of our players goes down with an injury. We just want to get out there and compete hard. I’m proud that this has been a special team that has won a lot of matches. To share that and a milestone in my coaching career is incredible, especially in the atmosphere that we have out here at Patriots Point.”
The Cougars will be in action again tomorrow when they host undefeated North Carolina State (3-0) at noon (ET) at Patriots Point.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 4, KANSAS 3
February 16, 2013
CofC Tennis Center
at Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
No. 1 – Christin Newman (CofC) def. Haley Fournier (KU), 7-5, 6-2.
No. 2 – Brooke McAmis (CofC) def. Maria Jose Cardona (KU), 6-3, 6-2.
No. 3 – Samantha Maddox (CofC) def. Maria Belen Luduena (KU), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 4 – Paulina Los (KU) def. Grace Baker (CofC), 7-6, 6-3.
No. 5 – Olivia McMillan (CofC) def. Dylan Windom (KU), 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
No. 6 – Anastasija Trubica (KU) def. Irene Viana, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
No. 1 – Samantha Maddox-Irene Viana (CofC) vs. Dylan Windom-Maria Jose Cardona (KU), 4-5, unfinished.
No. 2 – Haley Fournier-Anastasija Trubica (KU) def. Kelly Kambourelis-Brooke McAmis (CofC), 5-6, retired, inj.
No. 3 – Paulina Los-Maria Belen Luduena (KU) def. Christin Newman-Katherine Schofield (CofC), 8-3.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 3, 2*
Singles: 2, 1, 5, 4, 6, 3*