The Winthrop women's tennis team hosted the East Tennessee State Buccaneers on Thursday at The Winthrop Memorial Courts and came away with a close 4-3 victory.
The Lady Eagles improved to 10-11 on the season with the victory, while East Tennessee State dropped to 12-10 with the loss.
Winthrop was victorious in two out of the three doubles matches to clinch the doubles point and take an early 1-0 lead.
The clinching match came at No. 2 doubles as Sara Abutovic and Yelena Fadina rallied from being down 4-3 early to defeat Tara Byrne and Vita Moskaliova 8-4. In the No. 3 doubles match, Larisa Bekmetova and Lisa Wilkinson defeated Elena Volobueva and Whitney Trotter 8-4.
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East Tennessee State made a late charge against Winthrop in the singles portion of the competition, but it was not enough as the Lady Eagles won singles matches at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Wilkinson, playing No. 4, defeated Andra Voinea 6-4, 6-0. In the No. 5 match, Bekmetova beat Moskaliova 6-2, 6-2. The match that clinched the victory for Winthrop came at No. 6, as sophomore Paula Pereira held on to defeat Trotter in three sets, 6-1, 6-7, 6-2.
In the No. 2 singles match, junior Patricia Coimbra took Byrne into the third set of their match, but was defeated 6-3, 1-6, 2-6. Abutovic also took her No. 3 match into the third set against Volobueva, but was also defeated, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Winthrop will be back in action on Sunday as its travels to take on Big South Conference foe Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. in the last match of the regular season.
• WOMEN'S GOLF -- Senior Jutta Degerman was selected as the Big South Conference Women's Golfer of the Week.
Degerman posted her second-straight runner-up finish and Big South-leading fifth top 10 finish of the season, shooting a 3-over 147 (73-74) at the EKU Spring Invitational. She finished one shot behind Eastern Michigan's Stephany Fleet for medalist honors, and her performance helped lead Winthrop to a second-place team finish behind EMU.