CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston women's tennis team claimed its fifth-straight victory by holding off Samford, 5-2, in the final two singles matches standing on Saturday afternoon at the College of Charleston Tennis Center at Patriots Point.
The Cougars (12-7, 4-0) are currently on their longest winning streak of the season and improved to an undefeated 4-0 in Southern Conference play. Senior Emma Hayman (Wanganui, New Zealand) clinched the match rebounding back from a 6-0 first-set deficit winning two second-and third-set tiebreaks against Samford's Andrie Meiring at the No. 2 line.
Junior Caroline Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) later closed out the four-hour and 30-minute match with a 7-6, 1-6, 7-6 victory over M. Janse van Rensburg at No. 3 singles. She is one of three players on the squad to win five-straight matches along with Hayman and freshman Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) who returned the lineup with a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Lindsey Mallory at No. 6.
"Both teams showed a lot of character playing through breezy conditions today," CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. "The match could have gone either way. Samford is a very talented team. Obviously, we were lucky to win the match. Special recognition goes to Emma Hayman for coming back from a 6-0 first set, to put us over the top."
In doubles play, the Cougars won two of three matches behind an 8-6 count with the combinations of senior Kinsey Casey (Alpharetta, Ga.) and junior Katie Lee (Brisbane, Australia) at No. 2 and sisters Caroline Newman and sophomore Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) at No. 3.
"That gave us a boost," said Anastopoulo on winning the doubles point over the Bulldogs (13-4, 3-3). "Samford did a little better job of hitting through the ball and we were just lucky to come through at the end."
CofC will close out its two-match SoCon weekend homestand with Chattanooga (8-7, 3-2) tomorrow at noon (ET). Live scoring of the match will be available by CLICKING HERE.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 5, SAMFORD 2
April 2, 2011
College of Charleston Tennis Center at Patriots Point
at Charleston, S.C.
No. 1 - Taylor Morgan (Samford) def. Christin Newman (CofC), 6-4, 6-0.
No. 2 - Emma Hayman (CofC) def. Andrie Meiring (Samford), 0-6, 7-6, 7-6.
No. 3 - Caroline Newman (CofC) def. M. Janse van Rensburg (Samford), 7-6, 1-6, 7-6.
No. 4 - Kristin Lewis (Samford) def. Kinsey Casey (CofC), 6-2, 6-2.
No. 5 - Katie Lee (CofC) def. Rebecca Kirven (Samford), 7-5, 6-4.
No. 6 - Kelly Kambourelis (CofC) def. Lindsey Mallory (Samford), 6-2, 6-4.
No. 1 - Morgan-Mallory (Samford) def. Hayman-Irene Viana (CofC), 9-8.
No. 2 - Casey-Lee (CofC) def. Meiring-Kirven (Samford), 8-6.
No. 3 - Caroline Newman-Christin Newman (CofC) def. Jessica Diamond-van Rensburg (Samford), 8-6.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 2, 3*, 1
Singles: 1, 4, 5, 6, 2*, 3