April 3, 2011
CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina women’s tennis team won its fifth straight match and moved into first place atop the Big South standings following a 4-3 win over Winthrop Sunday afternoon from the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.
The Chanticleers moved to 3-0 inside the Big South Conference and are the only team undefeated in league play.
Coastal Carolina grabbed an early 1-0 lead on the Eagle after sweeping all three doubles matches. Juniors Miki Bunea and Diana Mortlock opened the match and earned an 8-4 win over Sandra Herrera and Giovanna Portioli at the No. 2 position. Senior Lexi Bolesky and freshman Mikaela Kristofersson clinched the point for Coastal after downing Yasmine Alkema and Lisa Wilkinson 8-6 at No. 1.
Senior Caitlyn Brooksbank and freshman Kourtney Kowal completed the sweep following their 8-7 win over Andressa Garcia and Elizaveta Zaytseva at No. 3.
Winthrop tied the score at 1-1 when Herrera won the first singles point of the match when she defeated Brooksbank 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3. The Eagles took a 2-1 lead following the next match as Alkema bested Bolesky 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 1 position.
Bunea pulled the Chants even with Winthrop at 2-2 when she downed Zaytseva 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 2 position before Winthrop took a 3-2 lead after Portioli turned in a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Kristofersson at No. 4.
Mortlock kept Coastal alive and tied the score at 3-3 following her 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 win over Garcia at No. 5. Freshman Maria Hesketh clinched the win for the Chanticleers when she defeated Lisa Wilkinson at the No. 6 position. Hesketh lost the first set 3-6, but answered with a 7-6 win in the second set and a 6-1 win in the third set to lift the Chants to victory.
“This was a great win for our tennis team today,” Coastal Carolina head coach Jody Davis said. “Winthrop is a very good team and this is by far our best win of the season. This was a true team effort, and I am very proud of our team for showing tremendous heart today in a tightly contested match.”
Coastal Carolina returns to action Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. when the Chanticleers host Charleston Southern from the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.
Lexi Bolesky & Mikaela Kristofersson (Coastal Carolina) def. Yasmine Alkema & Lisa Wilkinson (Winthrop) 8-6
Miki Bunea & Diana Mortlock (Coastal Carolina) def. Sandra Herrera & Giovanna Portioli (Winthrop) 8-4
Caitlyn Brooksbank & Kourtney Kowal (Coastal Carolina) def. Andressa Garcia & Elizaveta Zaytseva (Winthrop) 8-7
Yasmine Alkema (Winthrop) def. Lexi Bolesky (Coastal Carolina) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
Miki Bunea (Coastal Carolina) def. Elizaveta Zaytseva (Winthrop) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Sandra Herrera (Winthrop) def. Caitlyn Brooksbank (Coastal Carolina) 6-1, 6-0
Giovanna Portioli (Winthrop) def. Mikaela Kristofersson (Coastal Carolina) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
Diana Mortlock (Coastal Carolina) def. Andressa Garcia (Winthrop) 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
Maria Hesketh (Coastal Carolina) def. Lisa Wilkinson (Winthrop) 3-6, 7-6, 6-1