Winthrop Roundup

Women’s tennis unfinished; men win, advance to Big South finals

Winthrop UniversityApril 18, 2014 

— The championship match of the Big South Women’s Tennis Championships between No. seed 1 Charleston Southern and No. 2 seed Winthrop has been suspended for the night due to rain. The match will be resumed tomorrow, weather permitting, with the score tied at 3-3.

When the match is resumed, Charleston Southern will be serving on court No. 6 with Winthrop’s Monica Aguado leading the match 6-4, 5-5. The match between Aguado and Alia Nour was down to championship point on two occasions with Aguado leading the second set, 5-0, before Nour fought off both points and rallied to tie the set at 5-5, when the rain began.

Winthrop earned its three points by taking the doubles point and two singles matches. Caitlin Cridland and Ekin Gunaysu defeated Alia Nour and Mi’Kola Cooper, 8-2 on court two and Andressa and Alice Garcia defeated Alexandra Walters and Yvonne Hubler, 8-3, at the top flight. The Eagles then took two singles matches, winning at No. 2 where Alice Garcia topped Yvonne Hubler, 6-4, 6-4 and on court five where Ekin Gunaysu downed Mi’Kola Cooper 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.

Charleston Southern earned its three points in singles play. Big South Player of the Year Marketa Placha bested Andressa Garcia, 6-0, 6-3 at the top flight. Alexandra Walters beat Caitlin Cridland 6-1, 6-2 on court three and Nicolin Luecke defeated Tijana Uzelac, 6-4, 7-5 at No. 4.

Men’s Tennis

Winthrop 4, Coastal Carolina 2: The No. 2 seed Eagles advanced to the finals of the Big South Conference Men’s Tennis Championship defeating No. 6 Coastal Carolina, at Gardner-Webb University. The Eagles advance to the championship match for the 14th time in school history and 14th appearance all-time.

Winthrop scored the first doubles win of the morning on court No. 2, where Steven Patrick and Tremayne Mitchell defeated Garik Yedigarian and Renan Samed, 8-1. The point was secured at the top flight as Dylan Comerford and Peter Nagovnak topped Leo Christofides and Philippe Tsangarides, 8-3.

The Chanticleers won the first two singles match to take a 2-1 advantage. At the top flight, CCU’s Philippe Tsangaridis picked up a 6-0, 6-2 win over Yuta Hirokawa. Leo Christofides won at the fifth position, defeating Juan Pablo Boada, 6-3, 6-2.

The Eagles rallied to win the next three points and the match. Michael Chen downed Hunter Whalen, 6-4, 6-3 at court six and Tremayne Mitchell bested Renan Samed, 6-2, 7-5 at the fourth flight. Dylan Comerford ended the match on court No. 2 with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Ted Nilsson.

Winthrop (17-3) moves on to Saturday’s championship match where they will face the winner between No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina and No. 4 seed Campbell at 2:00pm. The Chanticleers end their season with a 12-10 overall record.

Softball

Winthrop 11-3, Liberty 0-10: It was a tale of two different games as the Eagles earned a doubleheader split in Lynchburg, Va., with an 11-0 victory in five innings before falling 10-3 in the second game in Big South Conference softball action.

Winthrop (23-21, 11-9) and Liberty (7-39, 2-18) will square off in the rubber match Saturday at 1 p.m.

Sarah Allen tossed a two-hit shutout to lead the Eagles in the opening game of the doubleheader. Allen captured her career-best 10th victory in a single-season as she allowed a single and a double with one walk in five innings of work.

Baseball

High Point 7-4, Winthrop 4-2: The Eagles dropped both games of its doubleheader in High Point, N.C., with the Panthers winning by counts of 7-4 and 4-2.

The Eagles dropped to 18-25 and 9-9 in the Big South, while the Panthers improved to 23-16 and 11-7.

Zach Sightler (2-4) took the loss for Winthrop in the first game, giving up six runs on nine hits.

After tying the second game 2-2 in the fifth inning, the Panthers took the game with a two-run seventh inning.

Winthrop’s Joey Strain registered the second loss, allowing two runs on six hits.

The Eagles’ next matchup is Tuesday when they travel to Charleston, to take on The Citadel at 6 p.m.

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