LUBBOCK, Texas — College of Charleston fell to 17th-ranked Texas Tech, the No. 16 seed, 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA Division I women’s tennis championship Saturday at the McLeod Tennis Center.
It was the fifth straight NCAA tournament appearance for the Cougars (20-9), who won the Southern Conference for the fifth consecutive year. Texas Tech (20-6), the regional host, advances to today’s second-round match against No. 15-ranked Duke (15-9) for a spot in the Round of 16.
After the Red Raiders won the doubles point, Samantha Adams defeated Cougars senior Christin Newman 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Texas Tech’s Caroline Starck overcame senior Irene Viana 6-1, 6-0 in No. 6 singles before Kenna Kilgo closed out the match with a 6-4, 6-1 win over freshman Brooke McAmis in the No. 3 position.
“We got beat by an incredibly talented team today,” Cougars director of tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. “I’m very proud of our girls’ effort though, and this was a great experience for everyone, especially our freshmen who will hopefully have a couple more chances in the next few years.”
TEXAS TECH 4, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 0
NCAA Tournament, first round
At Lubbock, Texas
Singles: Samantha Adams (TT) d. Christin Newman 6-0, 6-1; Kelly Kambourelis (CofC) vs. Rashmi Teltumbde 4-6, 0-5, unfinished; Kenna Kilgo (TT) d. Brooke McAmis 6-4, 6-1; Samantha Maddox (CofC) vs. Elizabeth Ullathorne 1-6, 6-3, unfinished; Katherine Schofield (CofC) vs. Nikki Sanders 1-6, 2-3, unfinished; Caroline Starck (TT) d. Irene Viana 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles: Adams/Kilgo (TT) d. Schofield/Viana 8-2; Maddox/Newman (CofC) vs. Nikki Sanders-Rashmi Teltumbde (TT), 3-6, unfinished; Starck/Ullathorne (TT) d. Kambourelis/McAmis 8-2.
Clemson scored a commitment from 6-10 Sidy Mohamed Djitte of Senegal.
Thought to be a practical lock to Clemson after his official visit in April, Djitte decided to visit Cincinnati and Memphis. But Clemson won the battle and gained its second big man for the 2013 class.
“It’s a great fit for Sidy,” said his coach at Northwood Academy in Fayetteville, N.C., Chris Lattimer. “It’s an opportunity for him to go in and impact the team. With his size and length, above-average shot blocking and rebounding, he can help at the five. He has a chance to really help this team. They have a good, young nucleus at Clemson. They are a little thin at the post and he helps their depth. It’s a good fit for both.”
Djitte averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game last season. Djitte will sign his letter of intent early next week and is the fourth overall recruit for the 2013 class.
“He needs to continue to get stronger and develop his offensive game,” Lattimer said. “Defensively I think he’ll be good for them. He needs to work on a go to move and a counter move.”