Strong Second Day for Women’s Tennis at Halloween Challenge
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – College of Charleston women’s tennis posted another strong performance on the second day of the Halloween Challenge, a home-hosted event at the College of Charleston Tennis Center on Patriots Point.
Following up on a quality first-day performance, the Cougars finished the session 1-1 in doubles and 2-2 in singles, setting the stage for what should be an action packed day-three with two flight championships still to play for.
“Some really good performances today,” said College of Charleston Director of Tennis, Angelo Anastopoulo. “I’m really proud of the women, especially considering the amount of talent present at this tournament.”
After the second straight day of wet conditions, play was again delayed with the first match not getting underway until 12:30 p.m. Once conditions improved, doubles play took center stage, with the Cougar pairing of Jamie Harrell (Charleston, S.C.) and Samantha Maddox (Lexington, Ky.) knocking off the Denver duo of Garpenlov and Gulsrud, 8-3. In what will likely be the toughest doubles match of the tournament, 16-year old freshman Mara Argyriou and senior Kelly Kambourelis were ousted by a dynamo-pairing from the University of Georgia, Lauren Herring and Maho Kawase, the third and 14th-ranked players in the country, 8-3.
“I was very pleased with our doubles performances,” said Ansatopoulo. “We continue to improve in that aspect of our game.”
In singles – amidst a very competitive field – the girls continued to impress. After Argyriou and Maddox both lost early to opponents from North Carolina State, Kambourelis and Katherine Schofield stepped up to give the Cougars a chance at silverware going in to third and final day of play. Schofield – despite being slowed by an ankle injury – easily dispatched of Taylor Zatoun of NC State, 6-3, 6-1. An aggressive player, Schofield was forced to play from the baseline, using well-placed ground strokes and savvy shot making to claim victory.
Kambourelis in the last match of the day, defeated Rachel James-Baker (also of NC State), in a three-set thriller, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
“The most important day of any tournament is the third day,” said Anastopoulo. “So we’re excited to get back at it.”
Barring cooperative weather, play is set for 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, the last day of the seven-flight, round robin format tournament.
MATCH OF THE DAY
With the sun in its descent and a full gallery bearing witness, Kelly Kambourelis overcame a second set loss to fight back and beat Rachel James-Baker of North Carolina State in dramatic fashion, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
“Kelly was having some problems with her shoulder,” said Anastopoulo. “But with the help of our fantastic athletic trainer Sarah Frye, she was able to get through that third set. She’s playing her best tennis of the fall at the moment and I’m proud of the way she played this evening.”
CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SIGHT
Both Kelly Kambourelis and Katherine Schofield will have opportunities to win their respective flights on Sunday after both claimed victories against tough competition for the second consecutive day. Schofield, who also won her flight at the home-hosted CofC Invitational in September, will be up against Anne Gulsrud of Marshall, set to commence at 9:00 a.m. Kambourelis will also be in action at 9:00 a.m., against Kai Broomfield, also of Marshall.