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.
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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.