Women's Tennis Falls to Troy in Sun Belt Quarterfinals
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Coastal Carolina women's tennis team, making its first appearance in the Sun Belt Conference Championship, suffered a close 4-2 loss to #4 Troy in Friday's quarterfinal round at City Park Tennis Courts.
Coastal ends its first season in the Sun Belt 15-7 overall. Troy improves to 8-14 and advances to Saturday's semifinal against the winner of #1 ULM/#8 Texas State.
The fifth-seeded Chants jumped out to a 2-0 lead after capturing the doubles point and first singles point, but surrendered the next three singles courts and never managed to even the match as Troy held on for the win.
Coastal won the doubles point on the first and second courts.
The Chants' second pairing of Rylie Cox and Natalie Wall opened with a 6-1 win over Alicia Rodriguez and Hannah Seizer. Troy then evened the point on the third court, where Efriliya and Xue Jiayuan bested Brook Campbell and Romane Delay, 6-3. The point was decided at No. 1, where Marie Babayan and Sara Bondar outlasted Nancy Karaky and Sanae Ohta, 7-6 (7-5).
Babayan, a second team All-Sun Belt selection, opened singles with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 3 to give the Chants a two-point advantage.
Troy then stormed back, taking courts four, five and two in straight sets to overtake the lead, 3-2.
The match came down to the third sets on both the first and sixth courts.
Cox, the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, fell behind early to Ohta in the third set at No. 1 before tying it up at 5-5. Cox was unable to overtake the lead, however, and Ohta went on to win the third set 7-5 to seal the match.
The sixth court went unfinished with Rodriguez leading Khomchenko in the third set.
Troy 4, Coastal Carolina 2
1. Sanae Ohta (TROY) def. Cox, Rylie (COASTAL) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
2. Hannah Seizer (TROY) def. Wall, Natalie (COASTAL) 6-2, 6-1
3. Babayan, Marie (COASTAL) def. Nancy Karaky (TROY) 6-2, 6-1
4. Jiayuan Xue (TROY) def. Bondar, Sara (COASTAL) 6-1, 6-2
5. Efriliya Herlina (TROY) def. Delay, Romane (COASTAL) 6-4, 6-0
6. Khomchenko, Maria (COASTAL) vs. Alicai Rodriguez (TROY) 6-1, 4-6, 1-4, unfinished
1. Babayan, Marie/Bondar, Sara (COASTAL) def. Nancy Karaky/Sanae Ohta (TROY) 7-6
2. Cox, Rylie/Wall, Natalie (COASTAL) def. Alicai Rodriguez/Hannah Seizer (TROY) 6-1
3. Efriliya Herlina/Jiayuan Xue (TROY) def. Campbell, Brooke/Delay, Romane (COASTAL) 6-3
Coastal Carolina 15-7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,4,5,2,1)