ELON, N.C. – The No. 75-ranked and top-seeded College of Charleston women’s tennis team continues on its quest of repeating as Southern Conference Tournament champions with a 4-0 shutout of fourth-seeded UNCG in semifinal action held on Saturday afternoon at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.
The Cougars (19-8) will make their fifth consecutive appearance in the championship match since their tournament run began in 2009. They will face host and second-seeded Elon (21-3) tomorrow in the finals at 10 a.m. (ET). CofC has now won three-straight matches without giving up a point including its 4-0 opening-round win over eight-seeded Samford in the quarterfinals on Friday and 7-0 sweep at Western Carolina in both team’s regular-season finale on April 13.
“We have a daunting task tomorrow,” CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. “Elon is playing a tremendous tournament and is 21-3 overall this year. You don’t have a record like without knowing how to win. They proved that to us with a 5-2 win in the regular season (on March 27). We are the heavy underdog in tomorrow’s match even though we are the No. 1 seed. We will certainly have to be at our best for us to be victorious tomorrow.”
The Cougars claimed the opening point in the match by winning two-of-three doubles matches. UNCG’s Niltooli Wilkins and Alex Whitehead won 8-4 over senior Irene Viana (Paris, France) and freshman Katherine Schofield (Franklin, Tenn.) at No. 1 doubles.
CofC would respond by earning victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions behind an 8-3 victory by junior Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) and sophomore Jenny Falcone (Davidson, N.C.) versus Annette Rios and Kayla Gammie at the No. 2 line. With the double point hanging in the balance, sophomore Samantha Maddox (Lexington, Ky.) and senior Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) held off Stephanie Falcon and Dilara Yurtkuran, 9-7, at No. 3 for the 1-0 advantage.
“The doubles point was truly exciting,” Anastopoulo said. “UNCG really elevated its game and tied it up in the last doubles match standing. Christin and Sam really stepped it up to win that match after being tied at 7-all.”
In singles play, CofC picked up three consecutive straight-set victories to continues its postseason run. Katherine Schofield topped Kayla Gammie, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 6 singles to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead. Jenny Falcone made it 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Annette Rios at No. 4 singles., while freshman Brooke McAmis (Greensboro, N.C.) clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-2 tally over Alex Whitehead at the No. 3 line.
“Every person on this team has such an important role,” said Anastopoulo on today’s team effort. “Our sophomores showed some great leadership including Jenny Falcone who won, 6-1, 6-2, over UNCG’s Anette Rios, who is a great competitor on the court. Our two freshmen, Brooke and Katherine are now a combined 4-0 in their singles matches and playing like veterans. We will rely on everyone from the top on down tomorrow against Elon.”
(75) COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 4, UNCG 0
Southern Conference Women’s Tennis Championship Semifinals
April 20, 2013
Jimmy Powell Tennis Center
at Elon, N.C.
No. 1 – Christin Newman (CofC) vs. Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG), 4-6, 1-2, DNF.
No. 2 – Kelly Kambourelis (CofC) vs. Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG), 6-4, 4-1, DNF.
No. 3 – Brooke McAmis (CofC) def. Alex Whitehead (UNCG), 6-2, 6-2.
No. 4 – Jenny Falcone (CofC) def. Anette Rios (UNCG), 6-1, 6-2.
No. 5 – Samantha Maddox (CofC) vs. Stephanie Falcon (UNCG), 6-3, 5-3, DNF.
No. 6 – Katherine Schofield (CofC) def. Kayla Gammie (UNCG), 6-1, 6-2.
No. 1 – Niltooli Wilkins-Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Irene Viana-Katherine Schofield (CofC), 8-4.
No. 2 – Kelly Kambourelis-Jenny Falcone (CofC) def. Anette Rios-Kayla Gammie (UNCG), 8-3.
No. 3 – Samantha Maddox-Christin Newman (CofC) def. Stephanie Falcon-Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG), 9-7.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 6, 4, 3*