CHARLESTON, S.C. - No. 2 Charleston Southern was unable to top top-seed Winthrop on Sunday afternoon at the Wake Forest Indoor Complex as the Buccaneers had their season come to an end in the Big South Conference Championship Match, 4-1.
Valeria Koussenkova recorded a singles win on court no. 5 for the Bucs (17-3), but CSU struggled to keep up with the Eagles (18-5) following a difficult semifinal match against Liberty on Saturday morning.
Winthrop took the doubles point with wins on courts no. 1 and 2, and then recorded singles wins on courts 1, 4, and 3, to take their 19th Big South Conference Championship title. The Eagles also avenged their lone Big South Conference loss in the 2017 season on Sunday afternoon after falling at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex on April 8, 4-3.
WU's Caitlin Cridland and Alisa Soloveva opened the match with a 6-3 win on court no. 2 over CSU's Mi'Kola Cooper and Koussenkova. The Bucs evened the score on court no. 3 with a 6-3 victory by Yana Morar and Kimberley Koerner to send the focus to court no. 1.
Proctor gave Winthrop the 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-3 win on court no. 1 over Luecke.
Koussenkova put the Bucs on the board with a 6-3, 6-1 win on court no. 5. The Barcelona, Spain native topped Aida Kelic to cut the Winthrop margin to 2-1.
Kauffman put WU within one point of clinching on court no. 4 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Koerner. Cridland closed out the match on court no. 3 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Cooper.
The Bucs finish the season with a 17-3 overall record and 7-1 in Big South Conference play. CSU's 17 wins is the second-most in program history, trailing only the Bucs' 18 win season set in 2015.