Top-seeded Winthrop defeated High Point 4-0 in the semifinals of the Big South women's tennis tournament on Friday, advancing to today's championship.
The Lady Eagles (12-11) earned the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Elizaveta Zaytseva and Patricia Coimbra earned the first win of the day, defeating Kelly Tolman and Caroline Mount 8-1 in No. 1. Their win was followed by a win at No. 3, with Larisa Bekmetova and Lisa Wilkinson downing Becky Carr and Jody Wicks, 8-3.
Winthrop secured the match victory with three wins in singles. At No. 1, Zaytseva defeated High Point's Audrey Lepottier 6-2, 6-3, while Coimbra earned a win at No. 2 by topping Tolman 6-2, 6-2. Closing out the match was Wilkinson, who triumphed over Carr, 6-2, 6-2.
The Lady Eagles take on Coastal Carolina at 9 a.m. today for the title.
• MEN'S TENNIS -- Sixth-seeded Winthrop earned its second upset of the Big South tournament by sweeping No. 2-seed High Point 4-0 in the semifinals. The Eagles will play for the conference title for the fifth straight season.
The Eagles (12-11) won No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, with Vinicius Bortolatto and Arthur Takahashi posting the victory at No. 1, 8-1 against Charles Bottoni and Maxime Dutoist. Winthrop's No. 3 of Marcin Majchrzak and Jose Pardo earned its second win of the tournament and the season, defeating Marc Laslaz and Henri Mangin 8-6.
Winthrop's Rodrigo Santos defeated Julien Antraygues 6- 1, 7-5 in No. 2 singles while Alejandro Portugal won No. 3 against Mangin 6-3, 6-4. To finalize the sweep, Majchrzak downed Jim Trussler 6-3, 6-1.
The Eagles will take on top-seeded Radford at 9 a.m. today for the title.
• TRACK AND FIELD -- Winthrop sophomore Travis Coleman had his personal-best shot put distance in the New Balance Outdoor Big South Track and Field Championships at the Irwin Belk Track. With his throw of 54-10.75, Coleman finished third and earned all-conference honors.
Winthrop sophomore middle distance runner Matt Elliott and sophomore hurdler Rebecca Holmes also turned in strong finishes, moving on to today's finals in the 800 meters and 100 hurdles, respectively. Elliott covered the 800 in 1:50.30 to finish as the top qualifier while Holmes finished second with a clocking of 14.37. Holmes also qualified in the 400 hurdles.
The following Winthrop athletes have also qualified for today's finals: Tony Grout and Bryant Clifton in the men's 400 hurdles; Justin Meade in the 800; Darryl Green in the 400 and Marjorie Jackson in the 100 hurdles.
The event begins at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 4:05 p.m. Admission is free.
• WOMEN'S BASKETBALL -- Winthrop has signed two players for next season.
TaQuoia Hammick and Tiffany Brown will join the Lady Eagles next year as the team attempts to improve on its most successful season. Winthrop went 20-12 last year and returns every starter.
Hammick is 6-foot-3 from Minneapolis. She averaged 8.0 points and 8.5 rebounds during her high school career. Brown is a 5-7 guard from Cartersville, Ga., and averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 steals and 6.0 assists during her career.