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April 21, 2007 Women's Tennis Captures Big South Championship
RADFORD, Va. The second-seeded Coastal Carolina Lady Chanticleers defeated No. 1 seed Winthrop, 4-3, to win the 2007 Big South Womens Tennis Championship Saturday afternoon at the Dedmon Center Courts in Radford, Va. The title marks CCUs first title since 2001.
Coastal Carolina took the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 flights. Hayley Rudman (Johannesburg, South Africa/Northcliff High School (Mississippi State University)) and Amy Pazahanick (Canton, Georgia/Brookwood High School (Georgia Southern University)) defeated Ana Paula Novaes and Paula Pereira 8-5 at the No. 1 position. At No. 3, Sofie Ahlberg (Stockholm,Sweden/Adalsskolan) and Sarize Coetzee (Bloemfontein, South Africa/Oranje Meisieskool (Texas Tech)) picked up the 8-6 win over Yelena Fadina and Larisa Bekmetova. The Winthrop tandem of Antonija Bagaric and Patricia Coimbra were victorious at the No. 2 flight with an 8-2 win over Kimberley Webb (Usk, Wales/Millfield School) and Maria Camberos (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/Instituto Lomar del Real).
In singles action, Rudman downed Novaes 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 1 flight. Ahlberg followed with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Bekmetova at the No. 5 position. Pazahanick closed the match out at the No. 3 position with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-0 win over Bagaric. For Winthrop, Coimbra picked up the win at the No. 2 flight 6-0, 6-1 over Coetzee. Fadina downed Webb 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 at the No. 4 spot. Pereira notched a win at the No. 6 flight 6-2, 6-3 over Camberos.
With the win, Coastal Carolina improves to 20-5 overall and receives the Big Souths automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA Womens Tennis Championships. The Lady Chanticleers will find out who they will play on Tuesday, May 1 at 2:45 during the ESPNEWS selection show.
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