April 23, 2010
RADFORD, VA. - No. 2 Winthrop outlasted No. 3 Coastal Carolina, 4-3, in the semifinals of the 2010 Big South Women’s Tennis Championships Friday afternoon at the RU Tennis Courts. Winthrop will face top-seeded Charleston Southern in the Big South Women’s Tennis Final tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.
Winthrop took an early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. The team of Yasmine Alkema and Elizaveta Zaytseva secured the doubles point with an 8-6 victory over Lexi Bolesky and Miki Bunea at No. 1. The duo of Sandra Herrera and Giovanna Portiolli defeated Paty Cortes and Mary Hill, 8-6, at on court two.
Winthrop increased their lead to 2-0 with a straight-set win by Herrera, 6-2, 6-0 over Webb. Alkema pushed the lead to 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Bolesky.
The Chanticleers recorded three straight-set wins at No. 4 by Cortes (6-4, 6-3), No. 2 with Miki Bunea (7-6, 6-3) and Mary Hill at No. 6 (6-3, 6-2) to even it at 3-3.
On court 5, WU's Lisa Wilkinson battled with Coastal's Maria Camberos, with Camberos getting the first set, 6-3. However, Wilkinson came back with a pair of 6-3 set victories of her own to clinch the match for the Eagles and advance them to the championship match.
The Chanticleers end the 2010 season with a 19-6 record after making their 17th straight appearance in the Big South semifinals.
Tennis Match Results
Coastal Carolina vs Winthrop
4-23-10 at Radford, Va.
(RU Tennis Courts)
Winthrop 4, Coastal Carolina 3
1. Alkema, Yasmine (WINTHROP) def. Bolesky, Lexi (COASTAL) 6-1, 6-3
2. Bunea, Miki (COASTAL) def. Zaytseva, Elizaveta (WINTHROP) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
3. Sandra Herrera (WINTHROP) def. Webb, Kim (COASTAL) 6-2, 6-0
4. Cortes, Paty (COASTAL) def. Portiolli, Giovanna (WINTHROP) 6-4, 6-3
5. Lisa Wilkinson (WINTHROP) def. Camberos, Maria (COASTAL) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
6. Hill, Mary (COASTAL) def. Paula Pereira (WINTHROP) 6-3, 6-2
1. Alkema, Yasmine/Zaytseva, Elizaveta (WINTHROP) def. BOLESKY, Lexi/BUNEA, Miki (COASTAL) 8-6
2. Sandra Herrera/Portiolli, Giovanna (WINTHROP) def. CORTES, Paty/HILL, Mary (COASTAL) 8-6
3. Sara Abutovic/Lisa Wilkinson (WINTHROP) vs. CAMBEROS, Maria/WEBB, Kim (COASTAL) 7-7, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (3,1,6,4,2,5)