LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 71-ranked College of Charleston women’s tennis team came up short against sixteenth-seeded and No. 17-ranked Texas Tech, 4-0, in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship held this afternoon at the McLeod Tennis Center.
It was the Cougars’ (20-9) fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance after they won the Southern Conference for the fifth consecutive year. Texas Tech, the regional host, advances to tomorrow’s second-round match versus No. 15-ranked Duke (15-9) for a spot in the Round of 16.
The Lady Raiders’ (20-6) top singles player was No. 80-ranked Samantha Adams, who defeated senior Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 1 line.
Tech’s Caroline Starck overcame senior Irene Viana (Paris, France) 6-1, 6-0 in No. 6 singles before Kenna Kilgo closed out the match with a 6-4, 6-1 win over freshman Brooke McAmis (Greensboro, N.C.) in the No. 3 position.
“We got beat by an incredibly talented team today,” CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. “I’m very proud of our girls’ effort though, and this was a great experience for everyone, especially our freshmen who will hopefully have a couple more chances in the next few years. Texas Tech did a great job hosting this regional – their tennis center was near capacity today with almost 500 fans. We have players who can compete with theirs but their coach did a great job of having them prepared.”
When asked about the season overall, Anastopoulo said that the team was “very proud to represent the Southern Conference in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight year. I think it was a surprise to many people that we still managed to get so far after all of the injuries we suffered throughout the season – I think this team overachieved in many ways.”
When asked about his three departing seniors, Anastopoulo said, “Irene (Viana) is going out as one of the winningest players in Cougar history as she has been part of four Southern Conference tournament titles and three regular season titles. She also graduated with a 3.9 GPA and will be participating in a prestigious graduate program in France. Olivia (McMillan) has brought a lot to the team and has been a tremendous asset for us, I really hope she stays in the Charleston area and stays involved with our tennis program. Christin (Newman) has set the mark for excellence in the classroom and on the court. She graduated with a 4.0 from the Honors College which puts her at the very top of her graduating class. She has truly been a Hall of Fame player for us.
(17) TEXAS TECH 4, (71) COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 0
2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship – First Round
May 11, 2013
McLeod Tennis Center
in Lubbock, Texas
No. 1 – #80 Samantha Adams (TT) def. Christin Newman (CofC), 6-0, 6-1.
No. 2 – Kelly Kambourelis (CofC) vs. Rashmi Teltumbde (TT), 4-6, 0-5, unfinished.
No. 3 – Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. Brooke McAmis (CofC), 6-4, 6-1.
No. 4 – Samantha Maddox (CofC) vs. Elizabeth Ullathorne (TT), 1-6, 6-3, unfinished.
No. 5 – Katherine Schofield (CofC) vs. Nikki Sanders (TT), 1-6, 2-3, unfinished.
No. 6 – Caroline Starck (TT) def. Irene Viana (CofC), 6-1, 6-0.
No. 1 – #16 Samantha Adams-Kenna Kilgo (TT) def. Katherine Schofield-Irene Viana (CofC), 8-2.
No. 2 – Samantha Maddox-Christin Newman (CofC) vs. Nikki Sanders-Rashmi Teltumbde (TT), 3-6, unfinished.
No. 3 – Caroline Starck-Elizabeth Ullathorne (TT) def. Kelly Kambourelis-Brooke McAmis (CofC), 8-2.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 3, 1
Singles: 1, 6, 3