Women's Tennis Falls at South Alabama
MOBILE, Ala. - The Coastal Carolina women's tennis team suffered a Sun Belt Conference loss Saturday afternoon as the Chanticleers fell 4-1 at South Alabama.
USA (17-4, 4-0) captured the doubles point to start, and took three of the first four singles points from Coastal (14-5, 1-2) to clinch the match.
The doubles point was won on the first and second courts, as Laura Valkova and Patricia Martins topped Marie Babayan and Sara Bondar, 6-3, and Alexandria Stiteler and Monica Mitta bested Romane Delay and Alexa Tiefel, 6-0.
USA also won the first singles point to lengthen its lead to 2-0. Alina Zolotareva won the sixth court in straight sets over Maria Khomchenko.
Bondar cut Coastal's deficit in half, winning the fourth court 6-2, 6-0 over Matuskova.
It would not be enough, however, as Stiteler (No. 1) and Valkova (No. 3) took the next two points to seal the win for USA.
"We played very close to one of the top teams in the league," said coach Catherine Hewitt. "The team hung around and was ready to go the distance, and I'm really proud of them."
Coastal returns to action in Mobile on Sunday with a final conference match against Georgia State.
South Alabama 4, Coastal Carolina 1
1. Stiteler, Alexandria (USA) def. Cox, Rylie (COASTAL) 6-2, 7-5
2. Mitta, Monica (USA) vs. Babayan, Marie (COASTAL) 5-7, 5-4, unfinished
3. Valkova, Laura (USA) def. Wall, Natalie (COASTAL) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
4. Bondar, Sara (COASTAL) def. Matuskova, Laura (USA) 6-2, 6-0
5. Martins, Patricia (USA) vs. Delay, Romane (COASTAL) 3-6, 6-3, 0-3, unfinished
6. Zolotareva, Alina (USA) def. Khomchenko, Maria (COASTAL) 6-1, 6-3
1. Valkova, Laura/Martins, Patricia (USA) def. Babayan, Marie/Bondar, Sara (COASTAL) 6-3
2. Stiteler, Alexandria/Mitta, Monica (USA) def. Delay, Romane/Tiefel, Alexa (COASTAL) 6-0
3. Zolotareva, Alina/Matuskova, Laura (USA) vs. Khomchenko, Maria/Campbell, Brooke (COASTAL) 4-4, unfinished
Coastal Carolina 14-5
South Alabama 17-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,4,1,3)