CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern showcased the overall depth on its lineup on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers picked up their 13th consecutive win in topping Winthrop, 4-3, at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex.
Winthrop took the doubles point to hold the early 1-0 advantage, but the Buccaneers (13-1, 6-0) picked up singles wins on courts 2, 3, 5, and 6, to hand the Eagles their first loss in conference play this season. The Bucs have two conference matches remaining at Liberty and at Longwood on April 14-15 and must win both to clinch the overall no. 1 seed in the 2017 Big South Women's Tennis Championships.
Sophie Cloessner broke the 3-3 tie on court no. 2, rallying from a first set deficit after fallling 6-1 to Alisa Soloveva in the opening frame. The junior rallied back with a 6-0, 6-2 win over the second and third sets to clinch the match for the Bucs.
CSU was put in the position following early back-to-back wins on courts 5 and 6 by Valeria Koussenkova and Yana Morar to take the 2-1 lead. Morar opened play with a 6-4, 6-1 win on court no. 6 over Aliya Mourad. Koussenkova followed shortly after with a 6-1, 6-3 win on court no. 5.
Senior Mi'Kola Cooper followed with a 6-3, 6-1 win on court no. 3 to put the Bucs within match point following her win over WU's Caitlin Cridland.
Winthrop staved off the match with singles wins on courts 1 and 4 to send all attention toward court no. 2.
Winthrop took the doubles point to open play. Morar and Koussenkova topped WU's Mourad and Klein on court no. 3, 6-3, for CSU's win to open the match. WU followed with wins on courts 1 and 2 with Proctor/Kauffman winning, 6-2, on court no. 1, while Cridland/Solovena topped the Bucs on court no. 2, 7-6 (9-7), to take the point.
Charleston Southern continues the 2017 season this weekend as the Bucs travel to Mercer, Ga. for a 1 p.m. matchup against the Bears tomorrow afternoon.