(Release courtesy of the Big South)
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. The top-seeded Winthrop Eagles defeated No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina, 4-2, to win the 2006 Big South Womens Tennis Championship Saturday afternoon at the Birmingham-Southern College Tennis Complex. The win marks their fifth-straight League title.
Coastal Carolina grabbed the doubles point jumped out to the early 1-0 lead. Coastals Petra Jantti and Amy Pazahanick downed Winthrops Yolandra Araujo and Patricia Coimbra 8-3 at the No. 2 flight. At No. 3 doubles, Sofie Ahlberg and Sarize Coetzee of CCU defeated Larisa Bekmetova and Alexandra Dyckman of WU, 8-0. The Eagles lone doubles win came at No. 1 as Paula Takahashi and her partner Ana Paula Noves defeated the Chanticleer tandem of Virginie Dinh and Hayley Rudman, 8-1.
In singles action, Winthrop battled back to win four matches. Winthrops Noves knocked off Dinh in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, at the No. 1 flight. At No. 2, Coimbra defeated Jantti, 6-1, 6-2. Araujo took the No. 3 flight 6-3, 6-7 (10-12), 6-2, over Chanticleer netter Rudman. Takahashi downed Pazahanick 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 at the No. 4 slot. Coastals lone singles win came at No. 6 as Coetzee defeated Dyckman, 6-2, 6-0.
With the win, Winthrop receives the Big Souths automatic bid the NCAA Womens Tennis tournament slated to begin on May 12 and 13.
1. NOVAES, Ana Paula (WU) def. DINH,Virginie (COASTAL) 6-2, 6-3
2. COIMBRA, Patricia (WU) def. JANTTI,Petra (COASTAL) 6-1, 6-2
3. ARAUJO, Yolanda (WU) def. RUDMAN,Hayley (COASTAL) 6-3, 6-7 (10-12), 6-2
4. TAKAHASHI, Paula (WU) def. PAZAHANICK,Amy (COASTAL) 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
5. BEKMETOVA, Larisa (WU) vs. AHLBERG,Sofie (COASTAL) 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 1-2, unfinished
6. COETZEE,Sarize (COASTAL) def. DYCKMAN, Alexandra (WU) 6-2, 6-0
1. NOVAES, Ana Paula/TAKAHASHI, Paula (WU) def. DINH,Virginie/RUDMAN,Hayley (COASTAL) 8-1
2. JANTTI,Petra/PAZAHANICK,Amy (COASTAL) def. ARAUJO, Yolanda/COIMBRA, Patricia (WU) 8-3
3. AHLBERG,Sofie/COETZEE,Sarize (COASTAL) def. BEKMETOVA, Larisa/DYCKMAN, Alexandra (WU) 8-0