Women's Tennis Defeats St. John's
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's tennis team won its third straight match on Thursday as it defeated St. John's, 5-2, at the Stevens Tennis Complex.
The Chants improve to 5-3 overall while remaining unbeaten at home through three appearances this season.
Coastal's first doubles pairing of Sara Bondar and Somer Dalla-Bona opened the match with a 6-4 win. St. John's tied the doubles point following a close 7-6 decision on the third court, which was won by Kajsa Stegrell and Nina Marjanovic. The doubles point ended in Coastal's favor, however, as Natalie Wall and Rylie Cox provided the clincher at No. 2.
Coastal quickly finished out the match on the singles courts, as Dalla-Bona (No. 2), Cox (No. 3) and Bondar (No. 5) won in succession to seal the victory.
Maria Khomchenko provided Coastal's fifth point with a three-set win at No. 4, and St. John's earned points on the fist and sixth courts.
In addition to Thursday's win being the third straight for Coastal, it was the 100th win for head coach Catherine Hewitt in her seventh season with the Chants.
"I was very proud of the way the team fought in every position today," said assistant coach Emma Hall. "We are headed in the right direction and feel we have good momentum heading into a challenging weekend."
This weekend's slate of matches includes a home contest against East Carolina at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and a road tilt at #11 South Carolina at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Coastal Carolina 5, St. John's 2
1. Jessica Livianu (SJU) def. Vardanian, Iryna (COASTAL) 6-3, 7-5
2. Dalla-Bona, Somer (COASTAL) def. Olaya Inclan Solis (SJU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Cox, Rylie (COASTAL) def. Zofia Stanisz (SJU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Khomchenko, Maria (COASTAL) def. Jaide Collins (SJU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
5. Bondar, Sara (COASTAL) def. Kajsa Stegrell (SJU) 6-2, 7-5
6. Irina Preotescu (SJU) def. Wall, Natalie (COASTAL) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
1. Bondar, Sara/Dalla-Bona, Somer (COASTAL) def. Jaide Collins/Zofia Stanisz (SJU) 6-4
2. Wall, Natalie/Cox, Rylie (COASTAL) def. Olaya Inclan Solis/Irina Preotescu (SJU) 7-6
3. Kajsa Stegrell/Nina Marjanovic (SJU) def. Tiefel, Alexa/Vardanian, Iryna (COASTAL) 7-6
St. John's 6-3
Coastal Carolina 5-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,3,5,1,4,6)