Chants Defeat Campbell in 4-3 Thriller to Advance to Semifinals

No. 5 Coastal faces No. 1 Charleston Southern in Thursday's semifinal at 2:30 p.m.


Kourtney Kowal

April 16, 2014

Boiling Springs, N.C. - Fifth-seeded Coastal Carolina defeated No. 4 Campbell in a thrilling 4-3 fashion Wednesday afternoon in the second quarterfinal match of the Big South Women’s Tennis Championship. The Fighting Camels tied the match late after the Chanticleers had taken an early 3-1 lead, but senior Kourtney Kowal won the match’s deciding point with a three-set victory on the fourth singles court. 

“We knew today’s match was going to be close,” said Chanticleer head coach Catherine Hewitt. “I felt like it was probably going to be 4-3.  Hats off to Campbell as it was a great team match and it lasted a really long time.  We are excited to move on to the next round as the girls came together and pulled it out.” 

With the win the Chants advance to Thursday’s semifinal match against top-seeded #73 Charleston Southern, who holds a perfect 9-0 record against Big South opponents this season. The Buccaneers defeated Gardner-Webb in Wednesday’s first quarterfinal match by a 4-0 score. Thursday’s semifinal match is set to begin with doubles action at 2:30 p.m. 

The Chants got off to a good start against Campbell, picking up wins on the first and third doubles courts to clinch the match’s opening point. 

Campbell’s No. 2 pairing of Natasha Afridi and Tamara Stanic struck first in doubles, claiming an 8-5 decision over Amanda Malatek and Marie Babayan

Coastal’s top pairing of Libby Scott and Honami Yazawa countered with an 8-6 win at No. 1 against Karolina Chernaya and Claudia Ortiz to even the doubles round. 

The tightly-contested doubles point was decided on the third court, where Kowal and Dominique De Wit prevailed over Ana Maria Ortiz and Ewa Telenga in an 8-7 (7-0) tiebreaker. 

Stanic gave Campbell its first point of the day as play shifted to singles, grabbing a 6-0, 6-0 win over Coastal’s Romane Delay at No. 4. 

The Chants stormed back, taking the next two singles points to build up a 3-1 lead. 

Yazawa, the conference’s 2014 Freshman of the Year, downed Afridi by a 6-3, 6-3 score at No. 2, while fellow freshman Marie Babayan put the Chants on the brink of victory with a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 6. 

Chernaya and Amelia Reichart kept Campbell in the match, claiming points at Nos. 1 and 5, respectively, to even the match at 3-3 and set up the match-deciding point on the fourth singles court. 

Kowal fell to Ortiz in the second set after taking the first in a close 7-5 tiebreaker. Kowal prevailed in the third set however, putting away Ortiz by a 6-2 margin to clinch the match. 

The Chanticleers fell to #73 Charleston Southern 6-1 in the regular season meeting between the two teams. Senior Amanda Malatek recorded the lone point for Coastal in that match. Thursday’s match will mark the 20th semifinal appearance in program history for the Chanticleers. 

Coastal Carolina University 4, Campbell University 3
Singles competition
1. CHERNAYA, Karolina (CU) def. Scott, Libby (COASTAL) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
2. Yazawa, Honami (COASTAL) def. AFRIDI, Natasha (CU) 6-3, 6-3
3. STANIC, Tamara (CU) def. Delay, Romane (COASTAL) 6-0, 6-0
4. Kowal, Kourtney (COASTAL) def. ORTIZ, Ana Maria (CU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
5. REICHART, Amelie (CU) def. Malatek, Amanda (COASTAL) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
6. Babayan, Marie (COASTAL) def. TELENGA, Ewa (CU) 6-4, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. SCOTT, Libby/YAZAWA, Honami (COASTAL) def. CHERNAYA, Karolina/ORTIZ, Claudia (CU) 8-6
2. AFRIDI, Natasha/STANIC, Tamara (CU) def. MALATEK, Amanda/BABAYAN, Marie (COASTAL) 8-5
3. KOWAL, Kourtney/DE WIT, Dominique (COASTAL) def. ORTIZ, Ana Maria/TELENGA, Ewa (CU) 8-7 (7-0)

Match Notes:
Coastal Carolina University 18-6, 5-4 BSC
Campbell University 13-9, 6-3 BSC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,2,6,1,5,4)



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