MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The College of Charleston women’s tennis team knocked off Southern Conference foe Chattanooga 5-2 this afternoon at the College of Charleston Tennis Center at Patriots Point.
This was CofC’s fourth win in a row and it was senior day for three Cougars: Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.), Irene Viana (Paris, France), and Olivia McMillan (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.).
The win brings The College’s record to 15-8 with a 7-1 mark in SoCon. After a Furman loss this afternoon, the Cougars are now in sole possession of first place in the conference. The Mocs now stand at 16-4, 5-4 in the SoCon.
Things started off tough in doubles as only the duo of Newman and sophomore Samantha Maddox (Lexington, Ky.) emerged with a victory. The tandem overcame Jenna Nurik and Jovana Pecovski of Chattanooga 8-3 at the No. 2 line.
Sophomore Jenny Falcone (Davidson, N.C.) got things going in the right direction in singles when she defeated Kelsey Coots of the Mocs 6-3, 6-1 on Court 4.
Newman won her fourth singles match in a row via a 6-1, 6-2 score over Jenna Nurik on Court 1.
Maddox kept the momentum going when she defeated Katie Polk of Chattanooga 6-3, 6-2 on Court 5.
Freshman Katherine Schofield (Franklin, Tenn.) won her second in a row after returning from an ankle injury. She bested Pecovski 6-3, 6-3 on Court 6.
Junior Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) wrapped things up with a come-from-behind 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Kayla Jones of the Mocs on Court 2.
“It was a real team effort today,” CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. “We knew that we’d have to be at our best to beat a very talented Chattanooga team. These seniors have needed to deal with a lot of injuries and illnesses this season but it’s a testament to how tough these girls are that they were able to come back after losing the doubles point. To have now reached a position where we could be the No. 1 seed in the conference is great. We seem like we’re improving with each match and today was probably one of our finest moments of the season and an awesome way for these seniors to finish their home careers.”
CofC will now have four days of practice before they continue Southern Conference play against Wofford at 3 p.m. (ET) at the Reeves Tennis Center in Spartanburg, S.C.