Winthrop clinched its eighth Big South Conference championship in 10 years on Saturday, beating Coastal Carolina 4-1 and advancing to the NCAA tournament.
"We had another good day in doubles. In singles, we were still playing well," Lady Eagles coach Cid Carvalho said. "I am very proud of my players for winning another Big South Conference title."
Winthrop will find out its NCAA destination on April 29. The tournament begins on May 9.
The Lady Eagles (13-11) started off strong in doubles, winning two matches behind the tandems of Sara Abutovic/Yelena Fadina and Larisa Bekmetova/Lisa Wilkinson.
Elizaveta Zaytseva and Bekmetova won their singles matches to put the Lady Eagles on the brink of the title. Abutovic dispatched Tina Petkova 7-5, 6-3 for the clincher.
No. 1 -- Elizaveta Zaytseva (W) d. Amy Pazahanick 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 -- Lexi Bolesky (CC) d. Patricia Coimbra 7-6, 6-3; No. 3 -- Sara Abutovic (W) d. Tina Petkova 7-5, 6-3; No. 5 -- Larisa Bekmetova (W) d. Sofie Ahlberg 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 -- Abutovic/Fadina (W) d. Petkova/Camberos 8-3; No. 3 -- Bekmetova/Wilkinson (W) d. Webb/Ahlberg 8-3
• RADFORD 4, WINTHROP 2 -- Winthrop lost the championship of the Big South Conference tournament 4-2 to Radford on Saturday, the second straight year the Highlanders have topped the Eagles and also the second straight year Winthrop will miss the NCAA tournament.
Winthrop was seeking a return to the tournament after missing for the first time in three years in 2007. Radford (15-1) came back from a doubles-point loss to win four of six singles matches and take the title.
The Eagles (12-12) got doubles wins from Vinicius Borto-latto/Arthur Takahashi and Rodrigo Santos/Alejandro Portugal. But their only singles win was Marcin Majchrzak, who whipped Paul Boslet 6-2, 6-2 to finish undefeated in the tournament.
No. 1 -- Martin Sayer (R) d. Vinicius Bortolatto 7-6, 6-2; No. 3 -- James Lloyd (R) d. Alejandro Portugal 6-1, 1-6, 6-3; No. 4 -- Mehdi Benhammou (R) d. Arthur Takahashi 7-6,7-6; No. 5 -- Zack Watson (R) d. Jose Pardo 7-6, 6-2; No. 6 -- Marcin Majchrzak (W) d. Paul Boslet 6-2, 6-2