CULLOWHEE, N.C. – The No. 72-ranked College of Charleston women’s tennis team clinched sole possession of the Southern Conference regular-season title with a 7-0 win this afternoon over Western Carolina at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
This was CofC’s final regular season match – the Cougars finished the season 9-1 in the SoCon with a 17-8 overall record.
It was a great day for the College as the team won all of its singles and doubles matches. The closest matches took place in doubles where two went to tiebreakers. The duo of senior Irene Viana (Paris, France) and freshman Katherine Schofield (Franklin, Tenn.) beat out Stacia Kissell and Shannon Bettiol of Western via an 8-7 score on Court 1. Junior Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) and sophomore Jenny Falcone (Davidson, N.C.) followed suit when they defeated Nicole Nielly and Sara Ruiz Pajares of the Catamounts 9-8 on Court 2 to take the doubles point for CofC.
The Cougars played very well in singles as all of the players won their matches in straight sets. The closest two matches took place at the No. 1 and No. 4 lines. Kissell took five games from Kambourelis on Court 1 in the first set, but Kambourelis put together a 6-2 second set to come away with a 7-5, 6-2 victory.
It was a similar story on Court 4 where Bettiol battled to a 7-5 first set with sophomore Samantha Maddox (Lexington, Ky.). Maddox proceeded to turn it on in the second set to end up with a 7-5, 6-1 win.
“I’m very proud of our team’s performance today and throughout the entire Southern Conference regular season,” CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. “To win the SoCon in arguably one of its toughest years is a testament to the hard work the players have put in. We’re certainly proud to have earned the No. 1 seed going into the conference tournament and hopefully we can live up to our seeding next weekend in Elon.”
CofC’s first match of the Southern Conference Championships will be on Friday, April 19 at 10 a.m. (ET) at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center in Elon, N.C. The Cougars will play the winner of Thursday’s match between No. 8 seed Samford and No. 9 seed Davidson.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 7, WESTERN CAROLINA 0
April 13, 2013
Catamount Athletic Complex
in Cullowhee, N.C.
No. 1 – Kelly Kambourelis (CofC) def. Stacia Kissell (WCU), 7-5, 6-2.
No. 2 – Brooke McAmis (CofC) def. Sara Ruiz Pajares (WCU), 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3 – Jenny Falcone (CofC) def. Nicole Nielly (WCU), 6-1, 6-2.
No. 4 – Samantha Maddox (CofC) def. Shannon Bettiol (WCU), 7-5, 6-1.
No. 5 – Olivia McMillan (CofC) def. Erin Maguire (WCU), 6-2, 6-0.
No. 6 – Katherine Schofield (CofC) def. No Player (WCU), by default.
No. 1 – Irene Viana-Katherine Schofield (CofC) def. Stacia Kissell-Shannon Bettiol (WCU), 8-7.
No. 2 – Jenny Falcone-Kelly Kambourelis (CofC) def. Nicole Nielly-Sara Ruiz Pajares (WCU), 9-8.
No. 3 – Samantha Maddox-Brooke McAmis (CofC) def. No Player-No Player (WCU), by default.