CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern opened its 2018 home slate in style on Sunday afternoon as the Buccaneers topped South Carolina State, 7-0, at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex.
The Bucs (2-2) swept all three doubles matches and then carried the momentum over to singles play as all six in Coach Mike Baker's lineup recorded straight-set wins in the victory.
After nearly a month off since the Duckworth Doubleheader in Charlotte, N.C. on January 20-21, 2018, the Bucs wasted little time in jumping ahead of the Bulldogs from the get-go.
Sophie Cloessner and Madalina Man picked up an early 6-1 win on doubles court no. 1 over SCSU's Vasic and Bendahhou. Valeria Koussenkova and Filippa Ericson followed shortly with a 6-3 win on court no. 2, while the CSU duo of Yana Morar and Kimberley Koerner completed the doubles sweep with a 7-5 win on court no. 3.
Moving onto singles play and going down the lineup, the Bucs took all six points to close out their first sweep of the 2018 season.
Cloessner topped Vasic on court no. 1, 6-0, 6-3. Koussenkova, lining up at the no. 2 position, topped Mihajilovic, 6-1, 6-3. Ericson topped Sredojevic on court no. 3, 6-4, 6-0.
The Bucs' success continued with Man topping Bendahhou, 6-1, 6-1 on court no. 4. Koerner added a 6-2, 6-1 win over Roca, while Morar defeated Petreanu on court no. 6, 6-0, 6-3.
1. CLOESSNER, Sophie (CSU-W) def. VASIC, A. (SCSU) 6-0, 6-3
2. KOUSSENKOVA, Valeria (CSU-W) def. MIHAJILOVIC, A. (SCSU) 6-1, 6-3
3. ERICSON, Filippa (CSU-W) def. SREDOJEVIC, A. (SCSU) 6-4, 6-0
4. MAN, Madalina (CSU-W) def. BENDAHHOU, Z. (SCSU) 6-1, 6-1
5. KOERNER, Kimberley (CSU-W) def. ROCA, C. (SCSU) 6-2, 6-1
6. MORAR, Yana (CSU-W) def. PETREANU, C. (SCSU) 6-0, 6-3
1. CLOESSNER, Sophie/MAN, Madalina (CSU-W) def. VASIC, A./BENDAHHOU, Z. (SCSU) 6-1
2. KOUSSENKOVA, Valeria/ERICSON, Filippa (CSU-W) def. MIHAJILOVIC, A./SREDOJEVIC, A. (SCSU) 6-3
3. MORAR, Yana/KOERNER, Kimberley (CSU-W) def. ROCA, C./PETREANU, C. (SCSU) 7-5
News & Notes
- Charleston Southern picked up its sixth win in as many seasons over the Bulldogs as the Bucs recorded their second consecutive sweep over S.C. State.
- The win over S.C. State moves the Bucs back to .500 on the season as CSU went 1-2 over the opening weekend at the Duckworth Doubleheader.
- The victory over the Bulldogs marks the 13th consecutive win for CSU at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex. The streak includes last season's 9-0 mark at home and dates back to CSU's 4-3 win over Liberty on April 2, 2016.
- Koussenkova's straight-set win on court no. 2 marked the highest the Barcelona, Spain native had lined up at CSU over her four years with the team. She improves to 2-1 lifetime when playing in the top three singles spots.
- Yana Morar made her debut in the singles lineup for the first time in the 2018 season. The junior posted a 12-5 record on courts 5 and 6 in 2017.
- Madalina Man recorded her first collegiate win with the Buccaneers courtesy of her 6-1, 6-1 win on court no. 4.
Charleston Southern is back on the road next weekend as the Bucs travel to Columbia, S.C. for a pair of matches against South Carolina and North Florida. The Bucs take on the Gamecocks at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, while closing out the weekend with UNF on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.