MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - The No. 74-ranked College of Charleston women's tennis team held off Boston University, 4-3, in a non-conference dual match held Wednesday afternoon at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point.
The win extended the Cougars' (9-4) season-best win streak to five consecutive matches and was an early birthday present for CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo, who celebrated his 45th. The four-time Southern Conference Coach of the Year is currently in his 21st season with the program.
CofC, who returned to the national spotlight in the latest Campbell/ITA team rankings released on Tuesday, started off the match by dominating the doubles against the 18-time America East Conference champion Terriers (4-6). The sister tandem of senior Caroline Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) and Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) improved to a team-best 6-2 on the season with an 8-5 victory over BU's Vivien Laszloffy and Petra Santini at No. 3 doubles.
Freshman Jenny Falcone (Davidson, N.C.) and Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) clinched the doubles point at No. 2 by a count of 8-4 and freshman Samantha Maddox (Lexington, Ky.) and junior Irene Viana (Paris, France) won 8-4 at No. 1.
The Cougars lost four first sets in singles as BU's top player Leonie Athanasiadis defeated Kambourelis, 6-4, 6-4, at the top of the lineup to tie the match at one-all.
It was short-lived as Caroline Newman downed Jessica Linero in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, at the No. 2 line followed by Maddox in three over Stefanie Nunic, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 3. Senior Katie Lee (Brisbane, Australia) turned in the match clincher against Monika Mical, 6-4, 6-2, to remain an undefeated 7-0 at No. 6 singles.
"Boston University deserves a lot of credit for the fight they put up in singles today," Anastopoulo said. "We played really well in doubles and controlled most of the matches throughout. They really jumped on us early as we lost four first sets, so I knew we would have to win in three sets in order to win the match. Samantha Maddox did a great job of playing a very good player in BU's former No. 1 player, Stefanie Nunic, who has been battling some injuries.
"Overall, our players really fought hard. We had to piece together a team today as we were battling some injuries and illnesses. They did a great job and found a way to squeak that victory out and keep my 45th birthday celebration intact."
CofC will host back-to-back weekend doubleheaders beginning with a Saturday, March 17 twin bill for the bragging rights to the city title with Charleston Southern at 8:30 a.m. (ET) followed by a Southern Conference duel with Wofford at 1 p.m. (ET).
(74) COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 4, BOSTON UNIVERSITY 3
March 14, 2012
CofC Tennis Center
at Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
No. 1 - Leonie Athanasiadis (BU) def. Kelly Kambourelis (CofC), 6-4, 6-4.
No. 2 - Caroline Newman (CofC) def. Jessi Linero (BU), 6-1, 6-3.
No. 3 - Samantha Maddox (CofC) def. Stefanie Nunic (BU), 3-6, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 4 - Katie Lee (CofC) def. Monika Mical (BU), 6-4, 6-2.
No. 5 - Sami Lieb (BU) def. Olivia McMillan (CofC), 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
No. 6 - Amelia Martinez (BU) def. Grace Baker (CofC), 5-7, 7-6, 1-0 (7).
No. 1 - Samantha Maddox-Irene Viana (CofC) def. Leonie Athanasiadis/Jessi Linero (BU), 8-4.
No. 2 - Jenny Falcone-Kelly Kambourelis (CofC) def. Sami Lieb-Monika Mical (BU), 8-4.
No. 3 - Caroline Newman-Christin Newman (CofC) def. Vivien Laszloffy-Petra Santini (BU), 8-5.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 3, 2, 1
Singles: 1, 2, 3, 4*, 5, 6