In the last match standing, Newman battled back from a 5-1 deficit in the deciding third set and fought off four match points in the tiebreaker to clinch the win with a 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (3) decision over Furman's Katherine Oudin at No. 3 singles.
The Cougars (20-5, 8-1 SoCon) have now assured themselves of at least the No. 2 tournament seed in the upcoming 2012 SoCon Tennis Championships to be held on April 19-22 in Charleston. It marked the program's sixth consecutive 20-win season under CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo.
The Paladins (11-9, 6-2 SoCon) started off the match by winning two of the three doubles matches for the early 1-0 advantage. Sophomore Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) leveled the playing field with a straight-set victory over Michele Stanford, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2 singles, but Margaret Boyette would put Furman back in front with a 6-4, 6-2 win over freshman Samantha Maddox (Lexington, Ky.) at No. 4.
Junior Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) tied it up at two-all by a count of 6-2, 6-3 over Lauren Kline at the top of the order leaving the No. 3 and No. 6 matches, which had already gone into three sets, to decide the final outcome of the five-hour standoff with the Paladins.
"Caroline really needed that match today for her confidence and to remind herself that she is a winner," Anastopoulo said. "What makes her a champion is her fight and determination on the court. As her career winds down, I'm sure this is one of the matches she will look back on with such a positive memory. I'm very proud of her. The whole team did a really good job with fighting and trying to be at their best today. It was certainly a move in the right direction after the tough weekend we had last weekend (on the road at Elon and UNCG)."
CofC will close out the regular season with back-to-back home matches against Georgia Southern for Senior Day on Friday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m. (ET) and versus East Carolina for USTA Kids Day on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. (ET) at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
(71) COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 4, FURMAN 3
April 11, 2012
Mickel Tennis Center
at Greenville, S.C.
No. 1 - Christin Newman (CofC) def. Lauren Kline (Furman), 6-2, 6-3.
No. 2 - Kelly Kambourelis (CofC) def. Michele Stanford (Furman), 6-2, 6-3.
No. 3 - Caroline Newman (CofC) def. Katherine Oudin (Furman), 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (3).
No. 4 - Margaret Boyette (Furman) def. Samantha Maddox (CofC), 6-4, 6-2.
No. 5 - Jenny Falcone (CofC) def. Alex Moreno-Kaste (Furman), 6-4, 6-0.
No. 6 - Amanda Murray (Furman) def. Katie Lee (CofC), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (2).
No. 1 - Alex Moreno-Kaste-Michele Stanford (Furman) def. Irene Viana-Samantha Maddox (CofC), 8-5.
No. 2 - Kelly Kambourelis-Jenny Falcone (CofC) def. Katherine Oudin-Lauren Kline (Furman), 8-5.
No. 3 - Margaret Boyette-Kelly Sullivan (Furman) def. Christin Newman-Katie Lee (CofC), 9-7.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 1, 2, 3
Singles: 5, 2, 4, 1, 6, 3*