MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - In its Southern Conference regular-season finale, the No. 71-ranked College of Charleston women's tennis team handed Georgia Southern a 7-0 shutout on Senior Day at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point.
The Cougars (21-5, 9-1 SoCon) swept all of the singles and doubles matches against the Eagles (5-14, 2-8 SoCon) in a day honoring seniors Katie Lee (Brisbane, Australia) and Caroline Newman (Greensboro, N.C.).
CofC has clinched the No. 2 seed in the upcoming SoCon Tennis Championships to be held in the Lowcountry on April 19-22 and will face the winner of the No. 7 and No. 10 seeds in the women's quarterfinals to be played on Friday, April 20 at the Earle Tennis Center on the campus of The Citadel.
Lee clinched the fourth and deciding point of the match with a 7-6, 6-0 victory over Georgia Southern's Natalie Maffett at No. 6 singles. Newman also contributed to the sweep with a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Caitlin Kitchen at the No. 3 line. Both were greeted by their teammates and coaches with flowers and an assortment of gifts prior to the match.
"Our team really went out big for us today," Newman said. "This day has meant a lot to us and summed up the year and how great our team has been all season. We finished strong today, and now, we will get ready for conference tournament."
In doubles play, the Cougars allowed only seven games across all three doubles matches highlighted by an 8-1 win by Newman and her younger sister, Christin, at the No. 3 position.
"We have two great seniors in Katie Lee and Caroline Newman," CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. "It was a great day to celebrate all that they have done for our program. It's also a sad day, because their careers are now winding down at the College of Charleston. We know they will be great alumni by coming back for our alumni events and supporting the Cougars for the rest of their lives."
CofC will host East Carolina for USTA Kids Day in one final non-conference tune-up prior to the SoCon Tournament tomorrow at 10 a.m. (ET) at the CofC Tennis Center. A free youth clinic and tailgate will follow at approximately 1 p.m. (ET).
(71) COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 7, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 0
April 13, 2012
CofC Tennis Center
at Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
No. 1 - Christin Newman (CofC) def. Paola Garrido (GSU), 6-4, 6-2.
No. 2 - Kelly Kambourelis (CofC) def. Allison Beeler (GSU), 6-3, 6-1.
No. 3 - Caroline Newman (CofC) def. Caitlin Kitchen (GSU), 6-2, 6-1.
No. 4 - Samantha Maddox (CofC) def. Alexis Prickett (GSU), 6-1, 3-6, 3-0 (retired).
No. 5 - Jenny Falcone (CofC) def. Alessandra Dzuba (GSU), 6-1, 6-1.
No. 6 - Katie Lee (CofC) def. Natalie Maffett (GSU), 7-6, 6-0.
No. 1 - Samantha Maddox-Irene Viana (CofC) def. Paola Garrido-Caitlin Kitchen (GSU), 8-3.
No. 2 - Jenny Falcone-Kelly Kambourelis (CofC) def. Natalie Maffett-Alexis Prickett (GSU), 8-3.
No. 3 - Caroline Newman-Christin Newman (CofC) def. Allison Beeler-Mimi Bollaci (GSU), 8-1.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 3, 2, 1
Singles: 5, 2, 6*, 4, 3, 1