CofC women claim eighth straight tennis win

The strength of College of Charleston women’s tennis doubles game made the difference for the Cougars for the second straight match as CofC outlasted James Madison, 4-3, Saturday at Hillside Courts.

“Yesterday was an incredibly long and emotional match, and when we arrived in Harrisonburg, Va., at midnight our rooms had been given away,” CofC head coach Angelo Anastopoulo said. “So we didn’t have a proper night’s sleep and had an early morning, but our team just did a wonderful job with having flexibility and they didn’t look for any excuses.”

After starting with singles competition on Friday due to the threat of rain, the Cougars (12-12, 4-1 CAA) returned to the normal routine of beginning with doubles competition.

Senior Samantha Maddox and sophomore Mara Argyriou got the team started with an 8-4 win at the No. 2 spot for their sixth consecutive doubles victory. Junior Brooke McAmis and senior Grace Baker clinched the doubles point for the Cougars with an 8-5 victory on court three, putting them at 3-0 on the year. The CAA Women’s Tennis Doubles Team of the Week duo of senior Jenny Falcone and junior Katherine Schofield posted an 8-6 win over JMU’s Taylor Pinchoff and Alex Huie. The Dukes tandem received the same CAA weekly honor prior to Falcone and Schofield winning it last week.

Heading into singles, Schofield boosted Charleston’s lead to 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Huie on court three. JMU bounced back with wins at the No. 2 and 6 spots to tie the match at 2-2. Maddox pulled out a 7-5, 6-2 first-set victory over Pinchoff on court one, following it up with a 6-2 win for her seventh win in nine matches as the Cougars’ top seed.

The Dukes (12-7, 2-3 CAA) tied the score with Dylan Owen’s three-set victory over Baker at the No. 5 spot. The match came down to Falcone and Kimmy Herrock on court four. Falcone had edged Herrock in the tiebreak to win the first set, before letting the second set slip away, 6-4. Falcone rebounded from her second-set loss to claim a 6-2 victory in the third set and clinch the match for CofC.

“Real credit goes to Samantha and Jenny; they stepped up and played some good matches today,” Anastopoulo said. “I’m sure Jenny was very fatigued, but she really rose to the occasion and used a lot of heart to win the match for us.”

The two conference wins this weekend give Charleston a 4-1 CAA record.

Charleston Southern closed out the 2015 regular season on the road with a 6-1 win over host UNC Wilmington as the Buccaneers continue to build momentum heading into next week’s Big South Women’s Tennis Championships.

The Bucs swept doubles play for the sixth straight match on their way to taking their 15th win of the season as CSU improved to 15-2 overall on the year in dual match play.

CSU also took five of the six singles matches as the Bucs have dropped only two team points over the last five matches.

On the day CSU was announced as the Big South regular-season champion and top overall seed in the 2015 Big South Championships, the Bucs wasted little time jumping ahead of the Seahawks in sweeping all three doubles courts for the first point of the match.

Angelica Sidorenko and Mi’Kola Cooper topped Christine Kharkevitch and Annika Sillanpaa on court no. 1, 8-5, for the first Bucs win. Sophie Cloessner and Marketa Placha assured the doubles point would go to the Bucs with an 8-5 win on court no. 3 over Hollie Champion and Alix Theodossiou. Yvonne Hubler and Nicolin Luecke completed the sweep on court no. 2 with an 8-6 win over Miller Hales and Alyssa Ritchie.

Singles action saw Placha, Hubler, Luecke, Cloessner and Valeria Koussenkova all prove victorious in the CSU win.

Softball

Charleston Southern battled back through a lightning-delay-filled afternoon as the Buccaneers took game two of the doubleheader against Liberty on Saturday in splitting the series opener at the CSU Softball Field. Liberty took game one, 9-0, while the Bucs rallied back to shut out the Flames in the nightcap, 5-0.

A lightning delay in the middle of the third inning slowed the contest down in the second game of the afternoon, but the Buccaneers offense found a way to get it done in support of senior right-hander Jennifer Giles as the Bucs utilized an aggressive approach on the base paths in earning the split.

“It was a tale of two different teams and two different energies,” commented CSU head coach Shane Winkler on the split. “Game two, the tone was basically set by Amanda Matsumoto’s aggressive base-running in the first inning. We forced them to make mistakes and we jumped out on them. The bottom line was our energy was completely different.”

Liberty took game one of the doubleheader behind a dominant three-hit complete game performance by Chandler Ball. The redshirt junior was supported by 14 hits by the Flames offense with nine coming off of Giles in 3.1 innings as Liberty got to the CSU ace early.

Giles however, rebounded in the second game of the series for her first shutout of the season, scattering six hits while striking out five in the win.

The College of Charleston softball team was swept 5-0 and 14 -5 in their series opening doubleheader against the Towson Tigers on Saturday in Towson, Md.

Rebecca Mueller went 3-3 in game two pacing the Cougars with a solo home run, two RBIs and a run scored. Taylor DuPree broke up a no-hit bid by Missy McCormick in game one with an infield single in the sixth inning.

Due to the threat of inclement weather on Saturday, the Fort 2 Battery sailing event was moved to Sunday.

The race is set to start at 1 p.m.

Approximately 80 sailors have registered for sailing’s version of the X Games, a straight-line drag race from Fort Sumter to the finish line at the Battery.