March 29, 2013
Spartanburg, S.C. - Freshman Alicia Robinson propelled the Coastal Carolina women’s tennis team to a 4-3 victory at Wofford after winning the match-deciding singles point in a third set tiebreaker.
The Chanticleers advance to 9-7 (4-1) with the non-conference win, while the Terriers drop to 5-11.
Coastal claimed the match’s first point after grabbing two doubles wins.
The Chants’ No. 1 pairing of Kourtney Kowal and Shelby Bates beat out Sarah Evans and Othilia Lindqvist of Wofford, 8-5. Libby Scott and Alicia Robinson then followed suit, taking an 8-5 victory over Guinn Garcia and Mareli Sanchez to seal the opening point. Julia Paulson and Lucy Schermerhorn of Wofford took an 8-6 win at No. 2.
Kowal gave the Chants a two point cushion after winning the first singles match at No. 5, 6-0, 6-0 over Lindqvist. Scott would make it 3-0 for Coastal with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 over Evans.
Wofford brought themselves right back into the match, picking up three consecutive singles points courtesy of Audrey Coventry, Schermerhorn and Paulson.
With the match tied 3-3, the final point rested on the outcome of the No. 4 singles between Coastal’s Robinson and Wofford’s Sanchez. Robinson dropped the first set 2-6, then came back to win second 7-5. After trailing 1-5 in the third set, Robison rallied to take a 6-5 lead. Sanchez forced a tie-breaker, but Robinson would prevail 7-5 to give Coastal the final point and the 4-3 win.
"This wasn't our best day but we found a way to scrap out four points," said head coach Catherine Hewitt. "I can't say enough about how the girls rallied behind Alicia (Robinson) and fed her energy, and also how Alicia held it together and kept fighting even when down 0-5."
Coastal will have a week off from competition before heading to UNC Asheville on April 6 for a 12 p.m. match.
Coastal Carolina 4, Wofford Women 3
1. Scott, Libby (COASTALW) def. Sarah Evans (WOFW) 6-0, 6-1
2. Audrey Coventry (WOFW) def. Davies, Mikaela (COASTALW) 6-2, 6-4
3. Julia Paulson (WOFW) def. Bates, Shelby (COASTALW) 6-2, 7-5
4. Robinson, Alicia (COASTALW) def. Mareli Sanchez (WOFW) 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
5. KOWAL, Kortney (COASTALW) def. Othilia Lindqvist (WOFW) 6-0, 6-0
6. Lucy Schermerhorn (WOFW) def. Ortiz, Vanessa (COASTALW) 6-3, 6-4
1. KOWAL, Kortney/BATES, Shelby (COASTALW) def. Sarah Evans/Othilia Lindqvist (WOFW) 8-5
2. Julia Paulson/Lucy Schermerhorn (WOFW) def. DAVIES, Mikaela/ORTIZ, Vanessa (COASTALW) 8-6
3. SCOTT, Libby/ROBINSON, Alicia (COASTALW) def. Guinn Garcia/Mareli Sanchez (WOFW) 8-5
Coastal Carolina 9-7
Wofford Women 5-11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,1,2,6,3,4)