Coastal Downs Wofford; Babayan Named Player of the Week
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina women's tennis team won its seventh straight match Friday afternoon as the Chanticleers downed Wofford, 4-1, on the road. While the match was in progress, the Sun Belt Conference named Marie Babayan the league's Player of the Week for matches played March 6-12.
Coastal's extension of its season-long winning streak brings its overall record to 12-2.
The Chants clinched the doubles point to take an early lead, and took singles points on the first, third and sixth courts to seal the match.
The second match went unfinished with Romane Delay and Alex Tiefel deadlocked at 5-5 with Taylor Carlson and Catherine Martin.
Maria Khomchenko delivered the first singles point for Coastal, defeating Emily Erickson 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6. Babayan then put Coastal ahead by three points with a straight-sets win at No. 3.
Carlson gave Wofford its lone point with a win on the fourth court, but Cox notched the match-clincher in straight sets at No. 1.
Friday's singles win was the fifth straight for Babayan, who had a pair of No. 3 singles wins and a trio of No. 1 doubles wins last week to earn the Sun Belt's Player of the Week honor. Babayan's combined unbeaten record led Coastal to win three straight matches last week, as the senior helped the Chants clinch a pair of doubles points and provided the match-clinching singles point in a come-from-behind win against Richmond.
It is the first Sun Belt weekly honor for a Chanticleer this season.
Coastal remains on the road for a 5 p.m. match at South Carolina on Sunday.
Coastal Carolina 4, Wofford 1
1. Rylie Cox (CCU) def. Catherine Martin (WOF) 6-3, 6-2
2. Cassidy Hicks (WOF) vs. Natalie Wall (CCU) 4-6, 3-4, unfinished
3. Marie Babayan (CCU) def. Kalli Karas (WOF) 6-2, 6-0
4. Taylor Carlson (WOF) def. Romane Delay (CCU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Curran Carver (WOF) vs. Sara Bondar (CCU) 2-6, 5-5, unfinished
6. Maria Khomchenko (CCU) def. Emily Erickson (WOF) 6-0, 6-1
1. Marie Babayan/Sara Bondar (CCU) def. Cassidy Hicks/Kalli Karas (WOF) 7-5
2. Taylor Carlson/Catherine Martin (WOF) vs. Romane Delay/Alexa Tiefel (CCU) 5-5, unfinished
3. Natalie Wall/Rylie Cox (CCU) def. Curran Carver/Emily Erickson (WOF) 6-0
Coastal Carolina 12-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,4,1)