Women’s Tennis Upsets No. 65 Iowa at Home
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – For the second time in five days, a ranked University of Iowa Hawkeyes tennis team was defeated by the College of Charleston at the CofC Tennis Complex at Patriots Point.
Less than a week removed from the men’s, 5-2, defeat of the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes, the women’s team fashioned their own upset on Tuesday, amidst high winds and unseasonably cold temperatures.
“The conditions weren’t really fair to Iowa,” said College of Charleston director of tennis Angelo Anastopoulo. They are a team who plays mostly indoor tennis. I think they really deserve a lot of credit for handling the conditions and having a great attitude in an environment which certainly favored us. They are a great Big-Ten team who will do well in that conference and I think they are probably even stronger than their No. 65 national ranking would lead you to believe. It was a great team victory for us, but the conditions weren’t really fair.
With both teams wearing long sleeves and weather gear, the Cougars took two of three flights in doubles play, through the Cougar pairings of Kelly Kambourelis and Mara Argyriou on court two, and Samantha Maddox and Jamie Harrell on court three, to secure the doubles point.
In singles, the Cougars continued to roll, especially on court four where Samantha Maddox quickly downed Hawkeye sophomore Annette Dohanics, 6-3, 6-4, to extend the Cougars lead. The College then took full control of the match when sophomore Brooke McAmis defeated Morven McCullouch, 6-3, 6-1 on court two, before junior Jenny Falcone clinched the match for the Cougars, dispatching of Katie Zordani, 6-4, 6-4 on court six to give CofC its eighth win of the season.
“Jenny (Falcone) did a great job of holding her composure in the clinching match,” said Anastopoulo. “She kept her focus throughout the second set, and clinched a match for the first time in her collegiate career. I’m very pleased with how she played today.”
A testament to the Cougars highly-competitive schedule, today’s match was the seventh matchup of the season for the Cougars against a team ranked in the ITA top-75.
Tennis Match Results
Iowa vs College of Charleston
Mar 18, 2014 at Charleston, S.C.
(CofC Tennis Complex)
College of Charleston 5, #65 Iowa
1. #86 Ruth Seaborne (IOWA) def. Kelly Kambourelis (COFC) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-5)
2. Brooke McAmis (COFC) def. Morven McCulloch (IOWA) 6-3, 6-1
3. Shelby Talcott (IOWA) def. Mara Argyriou (COFC) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-2)
4. Samantha Maddox (COFC) def. Annette Dohanics (IOWA) 6-3, 6-4
5. Katherine Schofield (COFC) def. Ellen Silver (IOWA) 7-5, 6-4
6. Jenny Falcone (COFC) def. Katie Zordani (IOWA) 6-4, 6-4
1. Ruth Seaborne/Morven McCulloch (IOWA) def. Jenny Falcone/Katherine Schofield (COFC) 8-3
2. Kelly Kambourelis/Mara Argyriou (COFC) def. Shelby Talcott/Annette Dohanics (IOWA) 8-3
3. Samantha Maddox/Jamie Harrell (COFC) def. Aimee Tarun/Ellen Silver (IOWA) 8-3
Iowa 8-4; National ranking #65
College of Charleston 8-6
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 2); Singles (4,2,6,3,1,5)
LOOKING AHEAD TO WEDNESDAY’S DOUBLE HEADER:
Match 1: The College (7-6) vs. UMass (5-6)
Location: CofC Tennis Complex
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Match 2: The College (7-6) vs. Hofstra (0-3)
Location: CofC Tennis Complex
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Scouting the Minutewomen:
Picked to finish third in the Atlantic-10 Coaches’ Preseason Poll, the Minutewomen reached the Atlantic 10 Semifinals last year. UMass has won 15-or-more matches in each of the last three years and are led by senior captain Jessica Podlofsky, who started the year ranked fifth all-time at UMass in singles wins (61). Podlofsky shares leadership roles with fellow senior Yuliana Motyl as the Minutewomen look for their first A-10 title since 2001.
Scouting the Pride:
Making their first appearance in Charleston, the Pride (0-3) enter the match fresh off a loss to the Blue Hens of Delaware this past Saturday in their first CAA match of the season. Hofstra is led by director of tennis Lauren Leo, who is in her second year at the helm. At number one, the Pride are paced by 2013 third team all-CAA selection Sarah Bowen.
College of Charleston head coach Angelo Anastopoulo
On Wednesday’s double header…
“Umass is a contender to win the Atlantic-10. They are well-coached and we always have great matches with them. Then, we turn around and play our first home CAA match against Hofstra – we’re really excited about that. Two matches in a day is tough on our players, but we’re going to make do.”
Stay tuned to CofSports.com for up to date post-match recaps and previews of upcoming matches.