RADFORD, Va. - Charleston Southern's winning streak is nearing double-digits as the Buccaneers topped Big South rival Radford on Monday afternoon at the Radford Tennis Complex, 6-1.
The Buccaneers (9-1, 4-0) swept all three doubles courts and took five of the six singles matches on their way to winning their fourth straight conference match to open the season. Radford falls to 5-9, 0-5 in conference play with the loss.
Yana Morar and Kimberley Koerner started the afternoon with a 6-1 win on court no. 3 over Karlie Pope and Yuliia Popova to give CSU the early advantage in doubles. Nicolin Luecke and Sophie Cloessner sealed the doubles point with a 6-0 win over Natalie Sayer and Meili Martin on court no. 1. Mi'Kola Cooper and Valeria Koussenkova closed out the sweep with a 6-4 victory on court no. 2 over Claire Nguyen and Drousile Dzeubou.
Koussenkova started the Bucs off in singles play with the senior posting a quick 6-0, 6-0 win on court no. 5 over Popova. Koerner improved to 10-0 in singles play on the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Martin on court no. 4 to give the Bucs the 3-0 lead. Morar sealed the CSU win with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Pope on court no. 6.
With the match in hand, Cooper kept the CSU wins coming with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Nguyen on court no. 3.
The Bucs and Highlanders battled on the top two courts with both going into the third set tiebreakers.
Cloessner bounced back from a defeat on Saturday to top Sayer on court no. 2, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (13-11). However, Radford's Dzeubou topped Luecke on court no. 1, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 1-0 (12-10).
Koerner runs her winning streak to double-digits in the 2017 as the sophomore continues to remain the lone Big South player to remain undefeated on the year. Koerner has gone to three sets just twice on the season and has posted a 17-2 record overall on the year with both losses coming in doubles play.
Charleston Southern returns to the Buccaneer Tennis Complex on Thursday afternoon as the Bucs welcome Buffalo to town. First serve between the Bucs and the Bulls is set for 2 p.m.