USC Upstate Edges Coastal in Close Match


Feb. 24, 2013

CONWAY - Coastal Carolina's comeback effort in singles play fell just short as USC Upstate hung on to take a 4-3 win Sunday in Spartanburg, S.C.

With the non-conference loss the Chants move to 2-3, while the Spartans advance to 6-3.

The Spartans swept the Chants in doubles, taking all three matches to earn the first point of the match.

Taylor Cohen and Julie Bell recorded an 8-6 win over Mikaela Davies and Kourtney Kowal at No. 1. Shelby Bates and Alicia Robinson of Coastal were kept scoreless at No. 2 as Isabel von Stryk and Talia Rojas cruised to a 8-0 win. Constanze Keurten and Allison Beeler completed the doubles sweep, taking an 8-4 victory over Dominique De Wit and Libby Scott at No. 3.

As the action moved to singles, the Spartans took two more points when Kuerton bested Alicia Robinson 6-0, 6-2 and Beeler downed Mikaela Davies 6-4, 6-0.

Down 3-0, the Chants made a comeback bid after Kourtney Kowal took a 7-6, 6-2 win at No. 4 while Libby Scott turned in a 2-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 2.

The comeback stalled at the No. 6 singles match when Julie Bell bested Dominique De Wit in three sets to give the Spartans the win.

"We performed well in some spots but others we still have work to do," stated coach Catherine Hewitt. "The doubles point is crucial and proved to be the deciding factor today. Upstate fought hard but we definitely have areas that we can improve and easily move forward with."

The Chants return home for a 2:30 p.m. match Tuesday against Wright State at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.



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