April 7, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women’s tennis team closed out its final home match of the season in a winning fashion, downing Radford 5-2 on Monday morning at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.
The win gives the Chanticleers a 17-4 overall record and improves their Big South record to 5-2, keeping them in fifth place in the conference. Radford, meanwhile, falls to 8-10 overall, and remains directly behind Coastal in the conference standings with a 3-4 record.
The match began with singles due to anticipated weather in Conway.
Freshman Marie Babayan gave Coastal its first point of the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 5 over Gisela Garcia.
Radford countered with a point at No. 4, where Grace Sarver bested Romane Delay 6-1, 6-2.
Sophomore Libby Scott regained the lead for the Chants, downing Taylor Newman in straight sets at No. 1 to advance her singles record against Big South opponents to 7-0.
The No. 4 singles match between Radford’s Meg Napolitano and Coastal’s Kourtney Kowal was cut short in the third set since the match was already clinched. Tied at 4-4 in the third set, Napolitano and Kowal played a tiebreaker, with Napolitano coming out on top 8-6.
Coastal grabbed the final point of the match as play shifted to doubles, claiming wins on all three courts.
Yazawa and Scott teamed up to deliver to an 8-4 loss to Valls and Newman at No. 1, while Dominique De Wit and partner Delay won an 8-6 match against Napolitano and Sarver at No. 2. Malatek and Babayan won their 13th doubles match of the season together at No. 3 with an 8-2 decision at No. 3.
The Chants take to the road for the remainder of the regular season, traveling to first-place Charleston Southern (13-3, 7-0) on Wednesday before the closing out the regular season at third-place #62 Winthrop (12-4, 5-1) on Saturday.
Coastal Carolina 5, Radford 2
1. Scott, Libby (COASTAL) def. NEWMAN, Taylor (RAD) 6-2, 6-3
2. Yazawa, Honami (COASTAL) def. VALLS, Gemma (RAD) 6-4, 6-4
3. NAPOLITANO, Meg (RAD) def. Kowal, Kourtney (COASTAL) 4-6, 6-3, 4-4 (8-6)
4. SARVER, Grace (RAD) def. Delay, Romane (COASTAL) 6-1, 6-2
5. Babayan, Marie (COASTAL) def. GARCIA, Gisela (RAD) 6-1, 6-1
6. Malatek, Amanda (COASTAL) def. ANDRADE, Sara (RAD) 6-4, 6-4
1. YAZAWA, Honami/SCOTT, Libby (COASTAL) def. VALLS, Gemma/NEWMAN, Taylor (RAD) 8-4
2. DE WIT, Dominique/DELAY, Romane (COASTAL) def. NAPOLITANO, Meg/SARVER, Grace (RAD) 8-6
3. MALATEK, Amanda/BABAYAN, Marie (COASTAL) def. FAY, Taylor/GARCIA, Gisela (RAD) 8-2
Radford 8-10 (3-4)
Coastal Carolina 17-4 (5-2)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,4,1,2,6,3)