CSU tops Gardner-Webb, 4-0, to advance in Big South Tennis Championships

The Bucs swept doubles play for the seventh straight match and picked up singles wins on courts no. 1, 4 and 5 to advance to the semifinal round for the fourth consecutive season.

CSU will take on a familiar foe in No. 4 seed Liberty on Friday. The Flames handed the Bucs their lone Big South Conference loss of the season in Lynchburg, Va., on March 21, but the Bucs have bounced back with wins in their last six matches heading into the semifinal match.

The Bucs jumped ahead of the Runnin’ Bulldogs early with All-Conference doubles duo Angelica Sidorenko and Mi’Kola Cooper topping Rokia Sacko and Teodora Stanciu on court no. 1, 8-3. Marketa Placha and Sophie Cloessner, the Big South Flight No. 3 doubles champion, topped Sarah Rieckmann and Catherine White on court no. 3 to clinch the doubles point for the Bucs.

Yvonne Hubler and Nicolin Luecke completed the doubles sweep at nearly the same time as Placha and Cloessner finished, winning 8-2 over Stina Magnusson and Mary Walker Mixon on court no. 2.

Needing only three wins to advance to the semifinals, Placha put the Bucs on the board first in singles play. The 2015 Big South Player of the Year topped Yasmin Doost in straight sets on court no. 1, 6-1, 6-2, to give the Bucs the 2-0 lead.

Cloessner continued her strong freshman season and remained undefeated in dual match play on the year, topping Rieckmann on court no. 4, 6-0, 6-1. It was the 14th consecutive victory for the freshman and just her second playing on the fourth court this year.

Valeria Koussenkova was the Big South Flight No. 6 champion during the regular season, but stepped up to court no. 5 in the quarterfinal round to clinch the CSU victory. The sophomore topped White 6-2, 6-1, to end play on the remaining courts as CSU took the 4-0 win over the Runnin’ Bulldogs.