Chants Run Past Gardner-Webb 5-2

Coastal improves to 2-2 in the Big South, 14-3 overall.


Amanda Malatek

March 30, 2014

Boiling Springs, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina women’s tennis team picked up its second Big South Conference win of the season on Sunday afternoon after dispatching host Gardner-Webb 5-2 at the Webb Tennis Complex. With the win, the Chanticleers jump ahead to 14-3 overall, 2-2 in the Big South, while the Runnin’ Bulldogs fall to 9-10, 2-6. 

The Chanticleer doubles pairs earned Coastal its 11th doubles point of the season and gave the Chants an early 1-0 lead over GWU. 

The No. 3 Chanticleer pair of Amanda Malatek and Marie Babayan earned their 10th win of the season together, blanking Gardner-Webb’s Mary Walker Mixon and Teodora Stanciu 8-0. 

Coastal’s top pair of Kourtney Kowal and Honami Yazawa also won their 10th match of the season together, clinching the doubles point for the Chants in a tight 8-7(4) tiebreaker over Yasmin Doost and Ronia Huttlerli. 

Gardner-Webb’s duo of Jenny Lunde and Rokia Sacko took the No. 2 doubles match with an 8-6 victory over Libby Scott and Romane Delay

At No. 1, Scott extended her singles win streak to six matches, downing Doost in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0. 

At No. 2, Yazawa had her streak of seven consecutive singles wins broken by GWU’s Lunde in three sets, 6-7, 7-5, 10-6. Yazawa’s streak was active for over a month, dating back to Feb. 22. 

Delay won her 10th singles match of the season at No. 3, coming from behind to down Hutterli in three sets, 1-6, 6-1, 10-4. 

On the fourth court, Babayan advanced her singles record to 11-3 with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Valeriia Popko. 

Gardner-Webb’s second point of the match came via Rokia Sacko at No. 5, who downed Mila Majtan in her first singles appearance since March 19 against Hofstra. 

At No. 6, Malatek grabbed a team-leading 14th singles victory with a 6-2, 6-3 decision over GWU’s Catherine White. 

Chanticleer head coach Catherine Hewitt was pleased with the team’s performance against the Runnin’ Bulldogs. 

“It’s always nice to get a conference win on the road,” said Hewitt. “The conditions today were very windy but the girls did not let that distract them from executing and getting the job done.” 

The Chants continue their road stand on April 3, when they travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on #58 Virginia Tech. Thursday’s match will mark the first meeting between the Chants and a ranked opponent this season. 

Coastal Carolina 5, Gardner-Webb 2
Singles competition
1. Scott, Libby (COASTAL) def. Yasmin Doost (GWU) 6-4, 6-0
2. Jenny Lunde (GWU) def. Yazawa, Honami (COASTAL) 6-7, 7-5, 10-6
3. Delay, Romane (COASTAL) def. Ronia Hutterli (GWU) 1-6, 6-1, 10-4
4. Babayan, Marie (COASTAL) def. Valeriia Popko (GWU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Rokia Sacko (GWU) def. Majtan, Mila (COASTAL) 6-0, 6-3
6. Malatek, Amanda (COASTAL) def. Catherine White (GWU) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. KOWAL, Kourtney/YAZAWA, Honami (COASTAL) def. Yasmin Doost/Ronia Hutterli (GWU) 8-7
2. Jenny Lunde/Rokia Sacko (GWU) def. SCOTT, Libby/DELAY, Romane (COASTAL) 8-6
3. MALATEK, Amanda/BABAYAN, Marie (COASTAL) def. Mary Walker Mixon/Teodora Stanciu (GWU) 8-0

Match Notes:
Coastal Carolina 14-3, 2-2
Gardner-Webb 9-10, 2-6



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