CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern picked up its seventh straight win and remained undefeated at home in the 2017 season as the Buccaneers topped visiting Appalachian State on Thursday afternoon at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex, 5-2.
The Bucs bounced back after losing the doubles point to take the first five singles points in improving to 7-1 in the 2017 season. The Mountaineers fall to 4-13 overall on the season with the loss.
In the first action in over a week and a half, the Bucs started off slow in doubles competition with CSU winning on court no. 2 while falling on courts 1 and 3 to give the point to the Mountaineers.
Mi'Kola Cooper and Valeria Koussenkova picked up their second win of the season on court no. 2 with a 6-2 win over ASU's Heidi Swope and McKayla Zupan to put the Bucs ahead early. The Mountaineers followed with 6-4 wins on both courts 3 and 1 with Melissa Machado and Taylor Bygrave topping CSU's Femcke van Rensburg and Kimberley Koerner, while Gabrielle Wreder and Megan Mullen topped Sophie Cloessner and Nicolin Luecke.
CSU quickly evened the score in singles play with Koussenkova quickly topping Bygrave on court no. 5, 6-2, 6-0, to put the score at 1-1. Koerner followed shortly after with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Machado on court no. 4.
Cooper put the Bucs within one point of sealing the victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win on court no. 3 over Wreder. Yana Morar picked up the Bucs' fourth point on the afternoon with a 6-2, 6-2 win on court no. 6 over Mullen. Cloessner added CSU's final point of the day with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Morse on court no. 2.
Swope picked up the Mountaineers' lone victory in singles play with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 win over Luecke on court no. 1.
- Kimberley Koerner (8-0) and Yana Morar (7-0) both remain undefeated in singles play in the 2017 season as the duo picked up their eighth and seventh wins of the season. The CSU duo is the only two players in the Big South Conference to be without a loss this year.
- Sophie Cloessner improved to 6-0 on court no. 2 and picked up her seventh straight win in the 2017 season with the straight sets victory. Cloessner enters the weekend with a conference-best 19 match winning streak in Big South play.
"The coach for Appalachian State was my doubles partner in college and we've known each other for a long time. It was a good match to play and a good win for us. They played hard and I'm proud of the team. This was a good warm-up for us heading into the rest of the season," – Head Coach Mike Baker on CSU's win on Thursday.
"We started off a little bit slow today with it being our first match in a little while, but we've had a lot of practice time. It's good to have that time, though. The team is playing well and working hard. Hopefully, we'll be able to show that off as we continue to go this season," – Baker on the Bucs' first match in 12 days.
Charleston Southern jumps back into Big South Conference play this weekend as the Bucs make trips to both UNC Asheville (Saturday) and Radford (Sunday). First serve on Saturday is set for 2 p.m., while play starts Sunday at the RU Tennis Complex at 1 p.m.