Winthrop women's tennis doubles duo Megan Kauffman and Lauren Proctor's historic season came to an end in the quarterfinals of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Doubles Championship Saturday afternoon at Wake Forest University.
Kauffman and Proctor were topped by the 14th-ranked doubles pair in the country, Vladica Babic and Sofia Blanco of Oklahoma State.
The loss marked the first of the season for Winthrop's previously undefeated All-American duo, which finished with a remarkable final record of 24-1.
Saturday's action was slowed by weather delays. Winthrop's match, originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m., began at approximately 4:50 p.m. on Wake Forest's indoor courts after an attempted start and warm-up outdoors was ended by a lightning delay and impending storm.
Kauffman and Proctor started well, going up 2-1 in the first set on a break of Oklahoma State's Blanco, but the Cowgirls would return the favor with a break on Kauffman to even the match at 2-2.
Each held until OSU got an advantage on another Kauffman break to go up 5-3 and secure the 6-3 first set win on Babic's serve.
In the second set, OSU gained an early 2-0 advantage with a deuce point break on Proctor and Babic hold. Kauffman would keep the Eagles close with a held serve to draw it to 1-2. Each side would hold through 2-4 OSU lead, then the Cowgirls went up 5-2 on a break Blanco held serve for the 6-2 victory.
Adding two wins over top-15 nationally ranked teams during the NCAA Championship, Kauffman and Proctorshould be highly ranked in the final ITA rankings of 2017-18, and entering the fall tournament season. The duo ends the season 4-1 against nationally ranked opponents.