Coastal Edges Winthrop, Advances to Championship Match
Asheville, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina women's tennis team will be making its first Big South Conference championship match appearance since 2012 after edging No. 3 Winthrop in a tight 4-2 semifinal match on Friday at the Asheville Racquet Club.
Saturday's championship match will feature the top two seeds as the No. 2 Chanticleers will take on No. 1 Charleston Southern in a rematch of last year's Big South semifinal match. The Buccaneers claimed a 6-1 victory in the regular season meeting between the sides, handing Coastal its only loss on its home court on April 8.
Coastal has won the conference's tournament title twice in the program's history, the most recent championship coming in 2007. Overall it will be Coastal's 13th appearance in the championship match, second-most in Big South history behind Winthrop.
Friday's semifinal match began with Coastal taking a 1-0 lead on the Eagles after securing the doubles point on the first and third courts.
The Chants quickly extended their lead to 3-1 in singles and Marie Babayan and Scott won their respective matches in straight sets. Babayan topped Monica Aguado at No. 5 while Scott surrendered just one game to Alice Garcia at No. 1.
The Eagles made the match interesting as Gunaysu (No. 2) and Uzelac (No. 4) each won in straight sets to cut Coastal's lead to just one, but Berry managed to put the match away on the sixth court downing Camille Amrani 6-1, 6-3.
The No. 3 singles match went unfinished with Yazawa and Mariana Humberg battling into a third set.
Saturday's championship match is set to begin at noon. Coastal's last win over Charleston Southern came in the semifinals of the 2012 conference tournament.
Coastal Carolina 4, Winthrop 2
1. Scott, Libby (COASTAL) def. GARCIA, Alice (WU) 6-1, 6-0
2. GUNAYSU, Ekin (WU) def. Delay, Romane (COASTAL) 6-4, 6-0
3. Yazawa, Honami (COASTAL) vs. HUMBERG, Mariana (WU) 7-5, 4-6, 3-5, unfinished
4. UZELAC, Tijana (WU) def. Bondar, Sara (COASTAL) 6-0, 7-5
5. Babayan, Marie (COASTAL) def. AGUADO, Monica (WU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Berry, Cari (COASTAL) def. AMRANI, Camille` (WU) 6-1, 6-3
1. YAZAWA, Honami/SCOTT, Libby (COASTAL) def. GARCIA, Alice/HUMBERG, Mariana (WU) 8-2
2. GUNAYSU, Ekin/UZELAC, Tijana (WU) def. BABAYAN, Marie/BONDAR, Sara (COASTAL) 8-2
3. BERRY, Cari/DELAY, Romane (COASTAL) def. AMRANI, Camille`/AGUADO, Monica (WU) 8-2
Coastal Carolina 16-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,1,2,4,6)